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MGC Art Exhibit
MGC Art Exhibit

Michael Marks’s exhibit “Fragments” recently opened at Middle Georgia College’s Peacock Gallery in Russell Hall. Marks gave a Gallery Talk to MGC students, faculty, and friends on January 24.

“Fragments” is interested in how past works of art are investigated; for example, through digital means, such as zooming in on individual paint chips, said Charlie Agnew, an associate professor of art at MGC and the Gallery Director of Peacock Gallery, a Middle Georgia College news release says. 

Marks is also interested in why paintings last and what happens to them over the years.

“Fragments” is also concerned in how the meaning of works changes as the work is altered over time. But Marks doesn’t promise to have all the answers. “I don’t have the final say,” he said. “‘Fragments’ is a process; it’s not explicit, but more ambiguous.”

“A Culture of Culture,” a graphite drawing on fabriano paper, consists of overlapping eyes that form different faces. The eyes are self portraits of other artists, mostly painters, said Marks.

“Explaining Bodies of Work with Bodies at Work” is a response to artists whose works are politically motivated. Marks uses large imagery from political and social artists and condenses them down in an area that mimics the white cube of a gallery. “I’m trying to make sense of these images,” said Marks.

Marks replicates a painting by Jean Ingres, a French Neoclassical painter who was known for his distortion of form and space, in “Hang the Vogue,” an oil on canvas. Marks decided to emphasize the distortions in the painting, further elongating the neck and working with the discoloration in the original work. “I wanted to turn up the volume,” he said. “I wanted to point a finger at it.” 

“Twelve Colorless Green Ideas That Sleep Furiously,” a selection of collages on paper, features a series of paintings that have had the hands and faces cut out of them and replaced with flesh from other paintings. “It’s having something illogical come out of something logical,” said Marks.

Marks is a cofounder of the ThreeCitiesGroup, an artist collective which is interested in pop culture and how artists come together and show as a group, said Agnew. Marks lives in Clemson, South Carolina where he teaches at the non-profit Clemson Arts Center.

Students who come to the show can see art shown in non-traditional ways, said Agnew.

“Not all art is done the same,” he said. “They can learn to think outside the box.”

“Fragments” will be on display through Friday, February 25, and is free and open to the public.

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