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Mark Masyga
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: Walter de Maria once said “I like natural disasters and I think that they may be the highest form of art possible to experience.” My work has been informed by both the physical appearance and the temporal nature of the built environment. Previously fascinated by structures in the process of being erected (including construction sites), I have more recently focused on the downside of the building cycle: collapsing buildings, deteriorating war bunkers, detritus left from earthquakes, wild fires and wars. I believe there will be no shortage of inspiration in the near future. Also, I find comfort in humble materials (e.g., concrete, rebar, lumber) and have been exploring their physical, sociological and political uses. Resourceful Palestinians have recently recycled rubble from their own destroyed infrastructure and parts of the Separation Wall to create a sewage treatment plant in one example of improbable transcendence.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Mark Masyga
www.markmasyga.com

EDUCATION:
1991-94 MFA (painting/drawing) School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1981-83 BFA (painting/graphic design) St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

RESIDENCIES:
2009 Edward F. Albee Foundation, Montauk, NY
1994 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2000
Eyewash, Brooklyn, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2010
“Brooklyn On Paper,” Mount Airy Contemporary Art Space, Philadelphia, PA
“The Death of Painting is Dead,” Cressman Center for Visual Arts
Gallery, Hite Institute, University of Louisville, Lousisville, KY
“In Williamsburg,” Fleetwing Gallery, Brooklyn NY

2009
“Wall to Wall,” City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ
“Elements,” Sandbox Studio, New York, NY
(to benefit The International Center of Photography)
“Metro 26 Show,” City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ (honorable mention)
“WagMag Benefit,” The Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn NY

2008
“Edges and Boundaries,” Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007
“X’mas Show,” LMan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“In a Series,” The ’temporary Museum, Brooklyn NY
“Brooklyn Abstract,” Eyewash Gallery @ Supreme Trading, Brooklyn NY
“Benefit 2007,” Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY

2006
“Summer Sampler,” The Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Benefit 2006,” Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY, at White Columns, New York, NY

“It's So Real,” The Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn NY
“WagMag Benefit,” The Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn NY

2005
“Asian Aesthetic Influence?” LMan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Summer Salon,” Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
“Collapsing Matter,” Morsel, Brooklyn, NY

2004
“Two by Four,” PS122 Gallery, New York, NY
“Benefit 2004,” Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY

2003
Lucas Monaco & Mark Masyga, Hope Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“4-Squared,” Eyewash @ Fishtank, Brooklyn, NY

2002
Hope Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Are Friends Electric?,” online show, www.arefriendselectric.com / www.nerve.com
“Nervous System,” Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2001
“Minimal to Excess: Works on Paper by New York Abstract Artists,” Bucheon Gallery,
San Francisco, CA
“20 from Toronto & 20 from New York City,” Project Space, Toronto, Ontario;
co-curated by Annie Herron and Stefan Schmuhl
“Cross Pollination,” Holland Tunnel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY / Los Angeles Arboretum,
Los Angeles, CA

2000
“Selections,” Eyewash, Brooklyn, NY
“Photographic Imagination,” Here Here Gallery, Cleveland, OH
“I Saw Stars,” Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY (member of Small Hat Fancy collaborative)
“Two Marks,” Wall Space, New York, NY

1999
“18th Annual Metro Show,” City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
“Crest Hardware Show,” Crest Hardware, Brooklyn, NY
“Souvenirs/Documents: 20 Years,” PS122 Gallery, New York, NY
“Valentine ’99,” Eyewash, Brooklyn, NY

1998
PS122 Gallery, New York, NY
“A Skowhegan Decade,” David Beitzel Gallery, New York, NY

1997
“10" x 10",” Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

1996
“Benefit Show,” PS122 Gallery, New York, NY

1995
“Lookin’ Good Feelin’ Good,” 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
“X-Sightings,” Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1994
“U-Haul Show,” New York, NY (in a rental truck) co-curated with Michael Ashkin,
Leslie Brack, Gina Manola, Martin Ohlin, Jeanne Tremel
“New Talent 2,” Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1993
“Opening Pandora’s Box,” Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
Chicago, IL
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago, IL

1992
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago, IL
“Ear Witness,” Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1991
“Amalgamations,” Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Fowlkes, Stephan, “January 8th Williamsburg,” thenewyorkoptimist.com,
January, 2010
(http://www.thenewyorkoptimist.com/StephanFowlkesChelseaReviewJan18_2010.html)
Maine, Stephen, “Dateline Brooklyn,” artnet.com, April, 2005
(http://www.artnet.com/magazine/reviews/maine/maine4-15-05.asp)
Cotter, Holland, Art in Review; ‘4-Squared,’ The New York Times, Feb. 7, 2003
(http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/07/arts/art-in-review-4-
squared.html?scp=1&sq=Masyga&st=cse)
Sweeten, Natasha, “A Time to Build,” Feb., 2002
(http://www.wburg.com/0202/arts/masyga.html)
Garcia-Fenech, Giovanni, “Brooklyn Spice,” artnet.com, Jan. 5, 2001
(http://www.artnet.com/magazine/reviews/garcia-fenech/garcia-fenech1-5-01.asp)
Youens, Rachel, “The Local Scene,” The Brooklyn Rail, Dec.,/Jan. 2000-2001, p. 16
Cotter, Holland, “For Hikers Seeking Art, Brooklyn Is a Left Bank,” The New York Times, Dec. 15, 2000, p. E39
(http://www.nytimes.com/2000/12/15/arts/art-review-for-hikers-seeking-art-brooklyn-is-
a-left-bank.html)
 








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