Cueto Project presents Shifting Shaking Days,the first solo show of artist Mark Licari in New York. In this exhibition Licari invites us on an intricate journey into the wildly imaginative and intensely visual diary of his mind.
In addition to several new mixed-media works on paper, on display will be a wall mural as well as four intimately crafted sculptures,all of which expound the humor and carefully considered detail that is so characteristic of Mark Licari’s work.
What makes Licari’s drawings so captivating – and enjoyable – to behold, is thestriking mix of comedy, raw energy and suspense that bounces off each one. Plants, animals, and the ‘mysterious goo’take on a life of their own…growing, consuming and invading any common object they might encounter. Large drawings of men’s suits – eerily devoid of the human figure – are torn apart by a voracious sprouting mass of vines and leaves.
The everyday collisions between nature and technology that we are seemingly unaware of, or which occur unnoticed, fascinate him. Exhaust valves, typewriters, toasters, the human brain, and all the inevitable potentialities for disorder that lurk behind our kitchen walls, inside our bodies and within every system, is articulated in his vivid and comedic drawings and sculptures.
In his papier-mâché sculpture “99 Bottles”,it as if Licari has crafted a wall system of stream of consciousness spectacles.He makes subtle references to significant moments in human experience through the wonderfully creative brand labels he has dreamed up for each bottle. Again he is exploring the scale of things; he is juxtaposing the mundane or everyday with the infinitude of philosophical thought and with the epic forces of nature. He pitches ideas about the dark realities of disorder and decay against an untamablecontagious buzz of optimism. In every instance his indefatigable sense of humor shines through.
Mark Licari was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He has lived and worked in Los Angeles since completing his MFA at the University of Southern California in 2000. Licari has had solo exhibitions at Honor Fraser gallery in Los Angeles and Culver City, CA in 2010; the Monterey Museum of Art in Monterey, CA, in 2009; Baldwin Gallery in Aspen, CO in 2008; GalerieValérieCueto, Paris in 2005; Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles, CA in 2001; and his work has been included in a number of group exhibitions and public installations internationally.