approximate exclamation mark of Mark one to six

2012 ArtPrize Entry
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The work consists of six 30” by 30” canvases and assemblies, which will be arrayed in a two by three array on the wall designated for the exhibit. Three pieces consist of acrylic paint on canvas, one is of stretched cloth and acrylic paint, one is of wood, and one is of steel and laminated glass. I created a new punctuation mark fused of two existing marks: the tilde and the exclamation point. This is the mark of Mark. The tilde, ~, used in English for the term “approximate,” also resembles one half of the symbol for infinity. It is also located at the extreme upper left or the classical keyboard, the top and first symbol. The exclamation point, “!”, is immediately proximate to the tilde on the keyboard, above the number “1,” also symbolic of first, or premier. This work celebrates the life of Mark: a mench, surgeon, artist, healer, photographer, musician, researcher, near astronaut, writer, husband, father, and friend -- taken far too soon. font designed by ben smith.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 4 inches
  • Medium: Mixed Media
  • Width: 114 inches
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 78 inches

Venue & Connection Information

The first has the symbol, in white, on purple, representing M’s years of study at NU. The second is stretched with scrub material, with the symbol in painted yellow fabric, representing M’s training in transplantation surgery (the choice for yellow representing the kidney, among the most common of organs transplanted.) The third has the symbol, in white, on a field of red and white brush strokes, representing M’s significant time at IU where he served as a professor, researcher, clinician, and educator. The fourth is wooden, with the symbol in walnut, inlaid in cherry wood. This warm piece represents M’s accomplishments, his position of seniority and respect, his creativity, and his brilliance. The fifth is cold steel, with the symbol recessed in cracked laminated glass, a symbol of M’s tragic demise. The sixth is a warm off-white, with the symbol in stucco off-white, emblematic of M’s warmth and influence, the stucco symbolic of a ceiling, of heights reached and not reached.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: Yes
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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