I’m showing a painting in this group show for the opening of the new Juxtapoz space at Mana Contemporary!
I'm in a group show of nudes opening Friday, Sept 7th in Brooklyn at Greenpoint Terminal Gallery where I'll be showing this new painting Perennial! ***
Mark Ryan Chariker
September 7 – 15 and October 6 – 20
Opening reception Friday September 7, 7-10 pm
Although in recent history figurative art was, at times, deprecated by abstraction, the urge to replicate the human form always predictably reemerges. It’s an attraction that is traditionally and cross-culturally prevalent. We have been our own artistic subjects from the dawn of time.
But what draws us to replicating our likeness? Does it help us understand the universal human condition? There is versatility in the subject. On one hand, man is a god-like creator, and, on the other, he is mortal and the body fragile. There is much that can be embodied in the human figure. There are many messages that can be conveyed, but arguably its strength, as a subject, comes from its ability to link us together.
The nude is our most essentialized form. It is us at our most vulnerable, without emblematic costume signifying class, culture, or personality. In our nakedness, we lose signifiers of our hierarchies and become our animal selves - natural, innocent, without pretense. As humans we do everything we can to separate ourselves from the hive. We denounce the instincts that govern the ant colony, the herd of buffalo, the flock of geese. We build testament to our individual intellect and reasoning, but this denial of our true animal-pack nature leads to chaos in the flock, opening the herd to discord, and the colony to turmoil.
Skins is a celebration of the body, in its pure, natural vulnerability and beauty. It is also a reminder that we are always both separate and whole.
A beautiful recap of my recent solo "Pith" at Hashimoto Contemporary on artsy:
My solo show "Pith" opened at Hashimoto Contemporary on July 7th in San Francisco. It will be up until July 28th! Stop by if you are in the area. They are open Tues-Sat 11-6.
I have a new painting in the Summer Group Show at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco up through the month of June
I have a split show up at Classic Cars West with all new mixed media work in downtown Oakland until June 20th. If anyone would like to go see it with me, please don't hesitate to get in contact.
This past September was spent on the Island of Murano, outside of Venice, Italy at a residency by the Venice Printmaking Studio. For three weeks I worked to make monotypes on their etching press, culminating in a glass master at the glass school, Scuola del Vetro A. Zanetti translating one of my monotypes into a 12" glass sculpture.
I am part of a group exhibition (curated by me) at my gallery, Turpentine. The show opens this Friday June 27th, featuring big works by 6 artists.
I have a solo show at Clark's Unicorn Emporium in San Francisco! It is up through June 28th. The space is super cute and tiny, and sells gifts related to unicorns, rainbows and clouds!
You can purchase these works online through their website:
An upcoming show with 5 other women at Blackball Universe in Oakland. Opening April 18th! I'll be showing new paintings and monotypes as well as a few older pieces. It should be InSaNe!