Mark Leibert: "Reflex", Opening Reception

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a thing that is determined by and reproduces the essential features or qualities of something else

“He felt a dull pain in his chest—not exactly pain, but more like the difference in air pressure at the point where the material and the immaterial meet.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

These paintings and works on paper explore the liminal space between the material and immaterial. Examining surface and interior, figuration and abstraction, the images present spaces both immersed with and emptied of subjects. Some of the figures seem almost ghostly, as though poised to appear or disappear, with the tain, or lusterless backing of the mirror, revealing them as little more than apparitions. These images simultaneously reflect the surfaces of the contemporary subject, public perception, self-projection, and yet by their nature are a document, something relegated to memory.

My paintings and works on paper are inspired by the “snow” of empty television channels on CRT screens, “ruined” rolls of film, the process colors of imperfect Polaroids, glitchy VHS tapes, and the irregular application of photo emulsion. These partial or imperfect images, whether unrealized or deteriorating, have always captivated me. But above all else, they are inspired by my love of paint, and its unparalleled ability to reflect and playfully distort contemporary and historical visual culture.

Mark Leibert was born and raised in Honolulu and now lives and works in Atlanta. His works explore an other-worldly space that spans abstraction and figuration. His practice includes painting, drawing, time-based works, photography, and installation. His paintings were selected for No. 58 of New American Paintings, the juried exhibition-in-print. He has taught at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and James Madison University. His work is in private and corporate collections, including High Museum of Art, Capital One, and The Ritz- Carlton, among others. He is a co-founder of Day & Night Projects, an Atlanta artist-run exhibition space. He received a BA from University of California, Berkeley and an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Leibert is represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery.
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By: Sandler Hudson Gallery

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