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Mark Rice

Mark Rice

Profile Location
Philadelphia , PA

Mark Rice was born and raised in Indiana. He attended Indiana University and graduated with a BFA in printmaking in 2003, receiving his MFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Rice has attended many residencies, and taught printmaking, drawing, and art history courses at many colleges around the United States.
Mark now lives in Philadelphia. When first moving there in 2013, he has taught printmaking at the Center for Creative Works, a workshop for artists with developmental disabilities. He has since taught a variety of printmaking courses at Tyler School of Art and has been an artist-in-residence at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fabric Workshop. One of Rice’s recent linocut prints was collected by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and he was also recently invited to create a new edition with Brandywine Workshop and Archives. Two years ago, he and his partner opened a print shop and art gallery called Pressure Club where they publish prints, and curate exhibitions of local and regional artists. Mark also writes music and performs in multiple musical groups.

Artist Statement

Through my artwork, I tell stories. My drawings, prints, and sculpture are populated with figures and architecture that gravitate between references to art history and popular culture. Subjects such as science-fiction, advertising, nostalgia, and the creative process discuss ubiquitous experiences of anxiety, self-doubt, longing, and loss.
All the works in this submission are part of a long-term narrative print project called "The Exit and the Outlet." The prints describe a world in which the Internet has become sentient and wants to leave the planet. After rejecting its creators, the Internet gives all of humanity exactly one year to remove its entire digital archive of history and culture from its servers, reimagining (or returning) this information to a physical form. Computer files and digital archives must be returned to the analog form of books, paintings, prints, LP records, etc. In order to save the entirety of human culture, Ideas and images must once again reclaim a physical space.
Intricately-carved relief prints display the narrative with a lack of ambiguity in stark black and white, hand-printed without a press. This distillation and graphic quality of the imagery recalls the relief printing process as one of the earliest forms of printmaking, its importance in the dissemination of art, and its role in the expansion of a communal visual culture.
The linocut prints in this series describe the process of letting go and moving on, celebrating the impact of the past, (re)considering one's relationship to the internet, reflecting on one's faith in technology, and making a case for the relevance of making new objects.

Mixed Media
Print / Paper

Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Joanna Anos
Cameron Bailey
Diana Behl
Laura Bigger
Annie Bissett
Denise Brady
Noah Breuer
Chandler Brutscher
Hunter Bryan
Anne Burton
Kyle Chaput
Paul Coldwell
Julian Davies
Barbara Duval
Meryl Engler
Drew Etienne
William Evertson
Thomas Faulkner
Enrique Figueredo
Jonathan Fisher
Floki Gauvry
Colin Gillespie
Jean Gumpper
Amy Haney
Melissa Harshman
Cheryl Hochberg
David Johnson
Nina Jordan
Wendy Ketchum
Sarah Kinard
Jun Lee
Charlene Liu
Jennifer Martin
KyeongAh Min
Brooke Molla
Steven Munoz
Kathleen Neacy
Mia O
Bonnie OConnell
Ali Osborn
Jager Palad
Endi Poskovic
Elizabeth Powell
Marilyn Propp
Eric Rewitzer
Mark Rice
John-Mark Schlink
Una Scott
Emmeline Solomon
Piotr Stachlewski
Valerie Syposz
Taro Takizawa
Adrian Tio
Roberto Torres
Catherine Wild
Josh Winkler
Una Scott
6/5/20 to 8/28/20
Print / Paper

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