Mark Taylor

4220 East Holmes Street

Tucson, Arizona 85711

(520) 204-4726

 

Artist Statement

 

My current body of work, “Sakura/さくら”, was shot in Japan, in the spring of 2016, during cherry blossom season. This series of color photographs presents the blossoms against an urban cityscape. The urban hardscape is used to create a strong graphic background in contrast to the cherry blossoms. The compositions employ a contemporary aesthetic while referencing stylistic elements and themes from traditional Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, particularly cropping, fragmentation, and the inclusion of daily life in some of the images. These photos offer a different view of cherry blossom season by embedding the blossoms in the dense visual grid of the Japanese city and avoiding a romanticized depiction of the trees and blossoms.

 

Education

 

M.A. Communication Arts, Major in Film and Video. Awarded by University of Memphis in 1983.

 

B.A. Communication Arts, Minor in Fine Arts. Awarded by Rhodes College in 1980.

 

Photographic Exhibitions

 

“Banned Books” multi-media installation and altered books, University of Arizona Union Gallery, 1993 (individual).

 

“The Voice of Authority” multi-media installation, Dinnerware Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 1992 (group).

 

“Televangelists” photographs and text, Dinnerware Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 1990 (individual). Jury selected to be included in the Arizona Commission on the Arts Traveling Exhibition Program, 1992-1994.

 

“Idol/Idle Worship” 11 East Ashland, Phoenix, Arizona, 1990 (group).

 

“Graceland: Elvis Heaven” University of Arizona Hall of Fame Gallery, 1990 (individual).

 

Chicanos Por La Causa, photographs, 1990 (individual).

 

“Seven Arizona Photographers” Tubac Center for the Arts, photographs, 1990 (group).

 

Dinnerware Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, photographs, 1989 (three person).

 

University of Arizona Rotunda Gallery, photographs, 1985 (individual).

 

Central Arts Collective, photographs, 1984 (group).

 

Silverware Gallery, Polaroid SX-70 photographs, 1984 (two person).

 

Phantom Gallery, photographs, 1983 (group).

 

Clough-Hanson Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee, photographs, 1980 (group).

 

Videotapes/Films

 

“Death Cart” Videotape, 5 minutes. Documentary of an installation by Michael Cajero.

 

“Forest of Memories” Videotape, 5 minutes. Documentary of an installation by Ann Kueper.

 

“Seeing to the Bone: The Art of Margaret Bailey Doogan” Videotape, 52 minutes. Documentary profile of Bailey Doogan and her paintings.

 

“The Desert” Two videotapes run simultaneously on two monitors, 5 minutes. Experimental videotape, scientific and poetic explorations of the desert landscape merge and diverge.

 

“Bluffdale” Videotape, 60 minutes. Experimental documentary about life in the suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee.

 

“Across the Field” Super 8 film short. A visual exploration of place.