installation, painting

Mark Hagen

United States 1972

Installation, Sculpture, Minimal Art, Abstract Art, Painting

Mark Hagen
Mark Hagen
United States
February 9, 2015
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 Hagen, born in 1972 in Black Swamp, Virginia, is a visual artist who foregrounds the interplay of materials, process, and form in his geometric, minimalistic paintings, sculptures, and installations. Artist finds inspiration in the breakdown of history, vision and hierarchies and creates works by pushing common and utilitarian materials in directions which reveal the process of making.

Hagen’s paintings are made by pushing black and white paint through lengths of rough burlap onto glass planes supporting sheets of wrinkled wrapping plastic, lengths of packing tape, geometric configurations of cut tile, and other material. Once the paints dries, the fabric is pulled from the textured surface, taking its negative imprint on what will be its facing side. Making a negative, a positive aspect of his paintings, Hagen toys with the concept of the seen and the unseen, addressing the natural limitations of human vision and the rendering of a picture in the brain.

Hagen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California in 1994 and a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in 2002. He sees the process of art-making as a negotiation of opposites, in which control meets chance, the utilitarian meets the purely aesthetic, and historical references and materials merge with contemporary times. His work instead employs context, contingency and process, challenging historical narratives, the customs for displaying and viewing art, and the conventional qualitative hierarchies that accompany them.

In 2011 Hagen was awarded the Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles. He was teaching sculpture at University of California, Irvine from 2009 to 2010. Hagen has had numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including at Marlborough Gallery, New York, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, Galeria Marta Cervera Madrid, and China Art Objects, Los Angeles, among many others. His work is a part of the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Hagen lives and works in Los Angeles.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Bill Brady (upcoming)KC, Kansas City, MOsolo
2014a parliament of some thingsAlmine Rech Gallery, London, Englandsolo
2014Guest StarMarlborough Chelsea, New York, NYsolo
2014Sèvres Outdoors 2014Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres, Francegroup
2014Dans un intérieur Meubles, œuvres murales & textiles d artistesAlmine Rech Gallery, Paris, Francegroup
2014Another Cats Show356 Mission, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2014The White AlbumRichard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2014Too Many Things Are Too Many Things, SputnikBarbara Seiler, Basel, Switzerlandgroup
2014PlatformAlmine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgiumgroup
2013Paleo DietChina Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, CAsolo
2013Black SwampAlmine Rech, Brussels, Belgiumsolo
2013And Mae and Mac and MeBarbara Seiler Galerie, Zurich, Switzerlandgroup
2013Rocks and ClocksAmbach and Rice, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2013Endless Bummer IIMarlborough Chelsea, New York, NYgroup
2013Painting in PlaceLos Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), Los Angeles, CAgroup
2013A Handful of DustContemporary Arts Forum (CAF), Santa Barbara, CAgroup
2013Kiss Me DeadlyParadise Row, Londongroup
2013FlickerControl Room, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2012TBA de nouveauAlmine Rech, Paris, France solo
2012TC: Temporary ContemporaryBass Museum of Art, Miami, FLgroup
2012Art Basel Miami Beach Art PublicBass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FLgroup
2012Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the CollectionLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2012Treating shadows as real thingsLauren Mackler, Museo della Sindone, Turin, Italygroup
2012PerfectInternational Art Objects Galleries, Los Angelesgroup
2012XYZTorrance Art Museum, Torrance, CAgroup
2012Mark Hagen, Richard Hoblock, Lesley VanceAnthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CAgroup
2012One Day At A TimePeres Projects, Berlin, Germanygroup
2012KnowledgesMount Wilson Observatory, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2012More and Different FlagsMarlborough Chelsea, New York, NYgroup
2012Made in L.A. 2012Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2012Spare MeNight Gallery, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2011TBAAGaleria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spainsolo
2011TBAChina Art Objects, Los Angeles, CAsolo
2011Seven Los Angeles ArtistsFellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2011Painting and SpaceLuce Gallery, Turin, Italy group
2011Tabula RasaGaleria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spaingroup
2011AprilJack Hanley Gallery, New York NY group
2010Succession & SimultaneityChina Art Objects, Los Angeles, CAsolo
2010China Art Objects Culver CityChina Art Objects, Los Angeles, CA group
2010RE-DRESSINGBortolami Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2010POINTS OF VIEWPortugal Arte 10, Lisbon, Portugalgroup
2010Animal StylePepin & Moore, Los Angeles, CA group
2010Current Trends in Modern PaintingEagle Rock Arts Center, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2009Extra ExtraChina Art Objects, Los Angeles, CA group
2009Inaugural show (video screening)Eighth Veil, Los Angeles, CAgroup
20091999China Art Objects at Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA group
2008California BiennialOrange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA group
2008HOSTDiego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CAgroup
2008The Writing on the WallParks Gallery, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CAgroup
2007Give it up smoothMandrake, Los Angeles, CAsolo
2007Paper BombsJack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2006Circulation and Light VisitLos Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CAsolo
2006Strange AnimalLos Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2005Futurism Restated AgainRental Gallery, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2005Post No BillsWhite Columns, New York, NYgroup
2002MAKING LACMA LabLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CAgroup
A Parliament of Some Things

Almine Rech Gallery in London is hosting a solo exhibition by Mark Hagen this October, presenting his latest explorative pieces.

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