December 10, 2011

Mark Warren Jacques "Something About Everything About Something" at White Walls

Mark Warren Jacques
Something About Everything About Something

Opening Reception – December 10, 7-11 pm
On View Through January 7, 2011

White Walls is pleased to present Something About Everything About Something, by Portland-based artist Mark Warren Jacques. This will be Jacques’ first solo project with White Walls, after being included in a number of group shows at White Walls, Gallery Three and 941 Geary. The show will contain the largest body of work the artist has ever shown, as well as experiential installation pieces that will be constructed within the gallery. The opening reception is Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 7-11 pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through January 7, 2012.

The expected and revered style of Jacques, a colorful blend of sacred mysticism and lighthearted folklore, is channeled through the theme of human relationships in Something About Everything About Something. The growth and cycle of relationships between men and women are of universal interest and the artist explores it with a unique touch, searching out what it is that propels the complexities of us and our relations to others. Symbols representing everything from conception, birth, love and sex, to death and the afterlife, appear within the works, with the artist finding inspiration in heartache and healing, codependency and cosmic forces.

Jacques’ fluid approach to his craft allows for a flowing quality fitting for an investigation into the constant flux of the universe. Geometrical forms and blocks of color are an easy relief on the eye, allowing the viewer to enter into an almost meditative state of focus on the beautiful composition of each work. This simplified aesthetic allows Jacques to tackle complicated themes with a sustained grace. Patterns of waves and leaves keep each painting undeniably tied to the natural world, while a large installation features a dark night sky, creating a space of connection to that which is larger than ourselves. Jacques also introduces a new style he has been incorporating into his painting, featuring all white canvases dense with colorful symbols taken from around the world, allowing us a glimpse into a new road the artist may travel.

For Mark Warren Jacques, life is a wave, a fluid energy that washes over us all, binding and defining. The universe is a four lane sidewalk of constant flux, upon the surface of which we must all skate. One night he told me the story of how, searching for answers, he visited a monastery in the Midwest. There was an admiration and peace in the way he described the labor, commitment, belief, kindness and serenity that united this group. These are the forces that bind Mark to life, a commitment to searching and questioning, to finding life’s greatest secrets in the dusty unused corners of a crowded room. A life of talking to monks and bike messengers, Marks eye is tuned equally to the charms of the wise and the insane: the punk and the philosopher, the prophet and the crackpot. –Howard Hurst.

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