Mark Griffin "Dream Red Body"
LA Artcore is pleased to present works in photography and painting by Los Angeles artist Mark Griffin.
Foretelling his painting and music composition studies in late -70's San Francisco, Griffin's integration of ancient Vedic literature and meditation practice as elements in his practice further propagated the context for artists who, having emerged from the declining institutions of High Modernism were looking to reshape the discursive borders and who alternatively implemented their own agency as the aesthetic platform. Along with filmmaker, Kenneth Anger and visionary, Lucas Samaras, Griffin probed the psyche through visceral, experimental and improvisatory approaches to filmmaking, performance and photography, exploiting the malleability of each medium to divulge the materials of human subjectivity.
Griffin's photo-collages in 12 Mothers (1992) draw symmetrical views of body limbs spread around central areas of exposed and painted-over photo paper. The splayed forms recall multi-limbed Gods and Goddesses found in Indian mythological characters revealing cycles of birth, faith, desire, destruction and death through ritual.
On view, LA Artcore will exhibit new bronze sculptures and large-scale photographs which further expand upon Griffin's investigations of mythological characters, narratives and symbols.