Mark Flood

United States 1957

Installation, Sculpture, Painting

Mark Flood
Mark Flood
United States
December 27, 2014
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Mark Flood is American artist born in Houston, Texas, in 1957. He studied at Rice University, Houston, and graduated at in 1981. Since the early 1980s, Mark Flood has been making and exhibiting paintings, collages, sculptures, videos, and music.

For the first 20 years of his career he barely showed outside Texas, working in studios in relative obscurity in his native Houston. Flood’s paintings and collages of the 1980s and 1990s transform pervasive corporate, pornographic and celebrity imagery into provocative and knowing grotesques of the colliding worlds of art and consumer culture using adulterated found materials: signs, advertisements, flea-market paintings, and magazines. The character of Flood’s work is not the critique of a detached and ironic appropriationist, but rather more a tirade of extreme opinion in a heated argument about culture.

Over recent years, Mark Flood’s influence has increasingly been felt in the work of younger generations of American artists. His current practice’s most recognisable work is that of ongoing series’ of paintings. Since 2000 he has produced a body of “lace paintings” – wilfully beautiful canvases luridly coloured and richly patterned with impressions of decorative lace. His text paintings on monochrome canvases or found panels overspray lettering in missives urging the exploration of sexuality, the committing of suicide, or deadpan self-description. Most recently, a new series of paintings lift corporate logos from websites in low resolution and blow them up on canvas into a degraded image of massive pixels.

His work has been featured in numerous national and international exhibitions, including shows at Galerie Perrotin, Paris; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art; and Marlborough Gallery, New York. In 2009 Flood’s work was featured at REMAP2, Athens, Greece, during the Athens Biennale. Flood received the Engelhard Award in 1991 and is represented in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art; the Menil Collection, Houston; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

His work is widely exhibited throughout the United States and abroad.

Mark Flood currently lives and works in Houston.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015ASTROTURF YELP REVIEW SAYS YESPeres Projects, Berlin, DESolo
2015Mark FloodRubell Family Collection, Miami, USSolo
2015#RAWHIDEVenus Over Manhattan, New York, NYGroup
2014Mark FloodModern Art, LondonSolo
2014Available NASDAQ SymbolZach Feuer Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2014Insider Art FairCenter 548, New York, NYSolo
2014Another PaintingContemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MOSolo
2014Another PaintingContemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX Solo
2014Summer in GstaadPatricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, SwitzerlandGroup
2014New HellsDerek Eller Gallery, New YorkGroup
2013Facebook FarmBeta Pictoris, Birmingham, ALSolo
2013LAME LEWD AND DEPRESSED: Lane Hagood, Mark Flood, and Jeremy DePrezCo-Lab Projects, Austin, TXSolo
2013Mark Lood Ask Officer PeppersprayPeres Projects, BerlinSolo
2013Art for RollinsThe Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, Winter Park, FLGroup
2013AnalogitalUtah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UTGroup
2013Harold Ancart, Kristin Baker, Mark Barrow, nina Beier, Anna Betbeze, Mark Flood, Thilo Heinzmann, John Henderson, Scott Lyall, Jayson Musson, Renaud Regnery and Pae WhiteGalerie Perrotin, Paris, FranceGroup
2013The Writing is on the WallJonathan Viner, London, UKGroup
2013Art for Art’s Sake, Frederick RWeisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CAGroup
2013LAME LEWD AND DEPRESSED: Lane Hagood, Mark Flood, and Jeremy DePrezCo-Lab Projects, Austin, TXGroup
2013Outside the Lines: UIA (Unlikely lterations of the Abstract)The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TXGroup
2013Double Hamburger DeluxeMarlborough Chelsea, New York, NYGroup
2013ANAMERICANAAmerican Academy, RomeGroup
2012Bushwick BasementGrimm Schultz, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2012YES YES YAWNHome Alone Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2012ARTSTARZach Feuer Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2012The Hateful YearsLuxembourg & Dayan, New York, NYSolo
2012PEOPLE ARE STRANGLEPeres Projects, BerlinSolo
2012Idealizing the Imaginary: Invention and Illusion in Contemporary PaintingOakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, MIGroup
2012BLIND CUTMarlborough Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012Collaborations & InterventionsCCA Kunsthalle Andratx, MallorcaGroup
2012Files, Desks, Chairs1100 E 5th Street (former TOPS warehouse), Austin, TXGroup
2012It’s Always Sunny on the InsideAnton Kern Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012Détournement: Signs of the TimesJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012In Plain SightMcClain Gallery, Houston, TXGroup
2012EaglesMarlborough Gallery, Madrid, SpainGroup
2011MURK FLOODZach Feuer Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2011Monument to the Responsible Management of the EarthMaccarone, New York, NYSolo
2011The Bitterness of the Red PillCardoza Fine Art, Houston, TXSolo
2011The Cannibal’s Muse IIAutocenter, BerlinGroup
2011A Painting ShowAutocenter, BerlinGroup
2011GrisailleLuxembourg & Dayan, New York, NYGroup
2010Bitch MovesPeres Projects, BerlinSolo
2010Decorations on her BodyGalerie Rüdiger Schöttle, MunichSolo
2010Green CubeNoma Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Preconceived IconographyMuseum 52, New York, NYGroup
2010SHREDPerry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010OpenZach Feuer Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009Chelsea WhoresZach Feuer Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2009Wart ExhibitPeres Projects, BerlinSolo
2009There’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you…Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
2009Reality SandwichesArtnews Projects, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009MinneapolisPeres Projects, Los AngelesGroup
2009Mark Flood and John Kleckner: Additional PaintingsREMAP2, Athens, GreeceGroup
2009Geography of the ImaginationLead Apron, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008Entertainment WeaklyPeres Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
2008Vote Demon Replicant, Locker PlantChinati Foundation, Marfa, TXSolo
2008Nondifference PersonifiedBrasil, Houston, TXSolo
2008Pretty UglyMaccarone Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Sack of BonesAsia Song Society, New York, NYGroup
2008Sack of BonesPeres Projects, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007BigCameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NCGroup
2007Group Exhibition by Gallery ArtistsMarty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
2007New Paintings by Jeff Elrod, Mark Flood and Jeff ZilmMarty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
2006Assorted RagsArthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LASolo
2006Lace PaintingsMarty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TXSolo
2006Lace PaintingsFinesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX Solo
2006Scope, Pulse and Flow Miami 2006Miami, FLGroup
2006Mark Flood Jeff Elrod and Jack PiersonMarfa Book Company, Marfa, TXGroup
2006Inaugural Group ShowMarty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
2005Surprise Your Loved OnesMachine Project, Los Angeles, CASolo
2005Support Your Local Parasitic Art BureaucracyBrasil, Houston, TX Solo
2005Return of the Boys in the BubbleAnton Kern Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2005Restless, Glassell School of ArtMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, TXGroup
2004Lace PaintingsAmerican Fine Art, New York, NYSolo
2004Lace PaintingsAngstrom, Dallas, TXSolo
2004Lace PaintingsMixture, Houston, TX Solo
2002Lace PaintingsSolway Jones, Los Angeles, TXSolo
2002Mark FloodMarfa Book Company, Marfa, TXSolo
2002Lace PaintingsMixture Gallery, Houston, TX Solo
2002Mark FloodAngstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX Solo
2002BlipUniversity of South Florida Contemporary Arts Museum, Tampa, FLGroup
2002Bitchin’ PicturesSolway Jones, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2002Million Dollar HotelHouston, TXGroup
2001Lace PaintingsSala Diaz, San Antonio, TX Solo
2001An Exhibition of Work by Mark FloodOrganized by Rob Weiner, Marfa, TX Solo
2001Show PeopleCB313 Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2001Kick the HabitGood Bad, New York, NYGroup
2001Postmodern Americans: a selectionThe Menil Collection, Houston, TXGroup
2001Trying Too HardCommerce Street, Houston, TXGroup
2000Broken PaintingsHofstra University, Hempstead, New York, NYGroup
2000Mark Flood, Dan McCarthy, Jack PiersonAnton Kern Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1998Temple Signage Commerce Street Artists Warehouse, Houston, TXSolo
1997More Mark FloodBrasil, Houston, TXSolo
1994Mark FloodLynn Goode Gallery, Houston, TX Solo
1993Trophy Paintings Zero One Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1992Art ManagementLynn Goode Gallery, Houston, TX Solo
1991Social BodiesGVG Gallery, Houston, TX Solo
1989ImperativesGVG Gallery, Houston, TXSolo
1989Celebrity IdolatryCommerce Street, Houston, TX Solo
1988Billboard Alterations DiverseWorks, Houston, TXSolo
1987My Relationship with my Co-WorkersInstituto Stato di Cultura, Houston, TX Solo
1981And Man Chose3221 Milam, Houston, TX Solo