blackbird spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1



On Aspects of the Avant-garde

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Mark Harris's art often seems to embody opposites, such as the ability to appear casually tossed off and intellectually rigorous at once. His body of work consists of complex paintings that are both sculptural and dematerialized, audio and video work, and text pieces, all with a decidedly conceptual orientation. One might think that an artist concerned with art history and philosophy as erudite as Mark Harris would be somewhat removed from worldly concerns. But I am delighted to report that Mark has a wide range of interests informing his art that include an enthusiasm for and expertise in youth culture, world music, and digital technology.

—Richard Roth

Below you will find a link to Mark Harris's lecture, with images and streaming audio, "On Aspects of the Avant-garde," presented on Wednesday, October 22, 2003, on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. Under "Work and Commentary," you will find a selection of Harris's work, along with annotations from the artist.

Lecture  |  Work and Commentary

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