Possessing the intense irrationality of a dream, Mark Bryan's intuitively created images evoke emotions that are curiously tempered by a comic quality. Like all images that derive from the subconscious, they are ambiguous; yet even with their incongruous nature, they hint at profound underlying thoughts and anxieties.
Dreams are filled with metaphors, a crossing over from unconscious to conscious levels of understanding. Bryan's paintings underscore the synthesis that can occur when the magical world of the artist's dream life is transfused into pictorial reality. In concert, the two stimulate the mind of the viewer and evolve to yet another magical world of subjective reality.
Bryan's work elicits multiple interpretations. Some can be read as the annihilation of stereotypes and antiquated belief systems. His use of the "fool" is perhaps a "wise fool," who has possibly gained new insights, and wastes no time in distancing himself from the asphyxiating tenets of outdated dogma.
Humor and laughter do not exist in the absence of sorrow and tears, but co-exist as a balance of sanity. Bryan's iconography, loaded with its multiple inferences, has the potential to make us laugh and ponder "enlightened" human frivolities and stupidities.
"Sometimes while I'm sketching," says Bryan, "I feel like I'm taking notes at a dark comedy, but the play never ends, and I can't go home."
Mark Bryan's artwork was featured in the January issue of Juxtapoz, the second most widely read arts and culture magazine in the United States. His works have also been featured in several issues of Adbusters. In the most recent issue of the Otis College of Art and Design Quarterly, Mark is lauded with a Cool Designer Award. His satirical image of Dick Cheney also graces the magazine. His work has been collected by Bruce Joel Ruben, John Mc Enroe, Tatum O'Neill, Rae Dawn Chong, C. Thomas Howell, Lawrence Welk, Jr., the TransAmerica Corporation, and many luminaries who prefer anonymity.
- Sources: Mark Bryan, Nicholas Roukes, Robert Squires
Approximately twenty new paintings by the artist are included in this exhibit.
For more information and examples of Mark's artwork, please see:
Bob Squires, Owner/Director, Carlotta's Passion Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041; Tel: 323.259.1563. Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Artists Represented: Patssi Valdez, Gilbert "Magu" Lujan, Frank Romero, Martin Charlot, Diane Gamboa, Margaret Garcia, Irene Carranza, Leo Limon, Alfredo de Batuc, David Flury, Tony de Carlo, Hector Silva, Sergio Hernandez, James Osorio, J. Dudley Slay III, and Paul Ygartua.