Every month, Grizzly Grizzly posits questions to our exhibiting artists as part of our new Speak Speak series. Speak Speak provides big picture questions, designed to give context to each artist’s show and to serve as an entry point for conversation.
We hope that you will enter the conversation and give us your thoughts as well.
This month, Grizzly Grizzly member Jacque Liu speaks with exhibiting artist, Mark Sengbusch.
1. How does pre-existing matter (media, design, and culture) influence art today? How will it influence art in the future?
I see the history of Art as a non-linear, always accessible, timeless road. (The Q continuum experience existence like this. See Star Trek Voyager Episode “Death Wish” ). Lets say NYC is the birth of Cave painting and LA is the present Art Scene. Chronologically I have only traveled from Palm Springs to LA. But, my experience is non-circuitous. Not A then B then C…… But A then A then A……. I can be in St. Louis and Las Vegas at the same time like traveling at Warp 10. I can experience first hand the lessons and revelations discovered and mastered by the Ancients, the old Masters and the first Modernists.
People ask me if I look at Lewitt or Albers (yes, I love her work), but I do not have 20 open books on my studio floor, nor do I have clippings taped to my wall all research style. To me these sorts of moves are a means to culture robbing or exoticizing, symptomatic of simulacra. Not to downplay the work that has come before me. All I am saying is that a Reinhart, a Spider’s web and a circuit board all hold the same weight.
2. What role does pattern play within contemporary art?
Sometimes an attempt at anti-pattern can reveal new patterns.