My art project deals with an implicit or explicit narrative or allegorical thread linking individual works. “Place” is an important notion that stages explorations in formal, conceptual, and material concerns. The figure/ground, palette, and imagery of many of the sculptures, installations, and architectural landscape works reflect my take on the elusiveness of time and history, the temporality of dreamlike cityscapes of places like Las Vegas, and the light and space of the American West. They often reference memory, isolation, sacred or secular spaces, postcard romanticism, and 45mph drive-bys.
My current work continues my interest in painting, drawing, video, and sculpture that involves a multi-layered material and technical approach. I am interested in bringing in conventions and traditions from other disciplines to enrich my personal art practice. Working and studying in areas of architecture, photography, sign and commercial design, large-scale mural painting, and carpentry/construction has allowed me to see my work in a larger creative context. I have also returned to an earlier interest in installation that retains the same approach and conceptual concerns echoed in my other work.
Mark Brandvik was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and received his BFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1996 and his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. He has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe including the recent ‘Top Ten Now’ Los Angeles, ‘Volume Control’ at VAST Space Projects, ‘5,4,3,2,1’ at P3 Studio Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and the upcoming ‘Contemporary Nevada: State of the State’ at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. Included in New American Paintings, recognized in Las Vegas Weekly as Best of 2014 for Narrative Sculpture, and the recipient of several grants, commissions, and residencies, Mark Brandvik’s work is found in many private, public, and corporate collections. In addition to his art practice, Brandvik has taught art at the college level since 1997 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the College of Southern Nevada. The artist lives and maintains a studio in downtown Las Vegas.