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Day Is Done

Solo Exhibition by Mark Flowers

Event Types: Visual Arts

Jul 9, 2024 10:51 AMJul 27, 2024 10:51 AM

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Liz Rundorff Smith


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Art & Light Gallery is pleased to present Day is Done, a solo exhibition of work by Mark Flowers (Alexander, N.C.) launching on the Art & Light website and in the gallery at 10am (EST) on Tuesday, July 9 with an opening reception on Friday, July 12th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Raised in Greenville, S.C., Mark Flowers earned a BFA in Studio Arts from The University of South Carolina in 1977 and an MFA in Painting from Western Michigan University in 1979. His career is highlighted by an extensive exhibition history in the United States and in Europe. Day is Done marks his 35th solo exhibition. Flowers’ work can be found in 26 public and over 300 private collections. In January of 2022, he was awarded an Artist Support Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. Additionally, Mark Flowers taught art at the secondary and college level for more than 42 years before retiring to pursue the making of art full time.

In his artistic practice, Flowers explores the interplay between shape and imagery within a unified field of illusionary space. At a conceptual level, he views his work as a form of visual jazz, characterized by free-form and abstract narratives. His most recent work represents a style change, moving away from direct narrative towards a more abstract approach. He begins a piece by layering the work with archival, printed digital images, creating an overall composition through improvisation and spontaneity.

Flowers describes the Day is Done exhibition as an ongoing evolution in his painting style. He explains, “Photographic elements have been a part of my work, on and off, since the mid-1990s. However, their use has evolved from being a part of a narrative in a visually poetic way to becoming the foundation of more abstract, less narrative images. I now employ photographic textures and surfaces to generate spatial tensions and illusions. A closer look at the detail in the work reveals that the imagery remains narrative in nature and continues to reflect places and events from my life. The latest pieces in this exhibition are inspired by the place where I currently reside, just north of Asheville, NC. We are fortunate to have a westward view of the mountains, which has treated us to stunning sunset views over the past two decades. By embracing the inherent cliché of the sunset as a subject, I aim to present a fresh and innovative visual composition in my work.”

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