Minor Geographies at the Palace Hotel

Mark Rumsey's avatar Mark Rumsey

I began the year as a Guest Artist at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China. This work is a response to the building that the residency is housed in, the historic Palace Hotel. During Swatch’s recent renovation of the building much of the original brick was exposed revealing the scars and patches that had occurred over time. The 100+ year old walls form a new geography, a reading of time, place, and space. I photographed the patches and assigned colors and focuses to reference the earth's skin, an imagined geography. The reading of the space is also about its function, a gathering spot for artists from around the world, each coming from a certain place (or places), each traveling from one geography to the next, each engaged in a process of sorting between what is familiar and what is dis-similar. The images play with a variety of shapes and forms that stem from printmaking traditions, cartography, and contemporary information access.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: printmaking
  • Width: 15
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 21