"Suddenly one of the carrots asked, 'What is crime?'"

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"Does god have a penis",, 2007 Ink And Gouache On Paper 11 X 14 In
"Suddenly one of the carrots asked, 'What is crime?'"

508 W. 26th St. #318
New York, NY 10001
November 1st, 2007 - December 19th, 2007
Opening: November 1st, 2007 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tues-Sat 11am -6pm and by appointment

Hudson Franklin is pleased to announce the first New York solo exhibition by Mark Booth, a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, audio artist, and writer.

For this exhibition, Booth continues the development of his signature investigation of language.  Set into drawings and enamel paintings, abstract texts -- a playful mix of dialogue, provocation, sensorial experiences, and humor -- interact with both black-and-white and color abstract forms.  The connections between text and shapes vary: In some, the text nestles into diagrammatic or biomorphic forms or is restrained within skeletal shapes; in others, colors overlap text or fill in potential "thought balloons."  Each is a striking and engaging distillation of language, form, and suggestion.  Booth proposes that they "may be read as memorials to passing thought, maps of cognitive cul-de-sacs, charts of unstable memory, or containers for the bric-a-brac of fleeting daydreams."  The exhibition will also feature Booth's audio works "TODAY/TOMORROW" and "IN THE EVENT."

Booth has exhibited his visual art at Tony Wight/Bodybuilder & Sportsman, Chicago; Chicago Cultural Center; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii; Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL; Devening Editions, Chicago; and other venues.  Selected audio artworks have been presented at the Overgaden Sound Art Festival, Copenhagen; Openport Festival, Chicago; Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago; Nova art fair, Chicago; and the Outer Ear Festival of Sound, Chicago.  In addition, Booth has completed commissioned audio scores for Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak's "My Name is a Blackbird," Chicago, and Erik Pold's "Success", Copenhagen. Next fall, Booth will have a solo show at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.  He currently teaches creative writing, painting, and sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.