Mark Verabioff “Breakdown”
2276 East 16th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
May 18, 9-12pm
Night Gallery is pleased to present “BREAKDOWN” by Mark Verabioff, the artist’s third performance with the gallery.
Mark Verabioff’s art explores his circuitous relationship between language, aesthetics and content, moving in and out of logic, absurdity, provocation and seduction. The work sutures cultural politics with the suspicious hypnosis of memory culled from a variety of sources including television, film and American popular culture. Verabioff’s mutations of his intellectual gestures from his subversive past has created a captivating body of work anchored by radical formalism and the artist’s own signature style. His art manifests itself in a variety of forms that challenge and seduce the viewer. Utilizing appropriation, installation, sculpture, page tears, performative-residue, performance and video, his work embodies many visual cultural insurgents that have occupied the making of art and art historical lexicon since the mid 1980s.
Mark Verabioff was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He studied Intermedia at the infamous Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, graduating in 1985, after which he immediately moved to Manhattan where he lived and worked until moving to Los Angeles in 2001. Since 1984 Mark Verabioff has exhibited and screened his single-channel videotapes, digital video and sound works, page tears, installations and site- and situationist-specific performances in Canada, Europe and the United States, which have included – Night Gallery, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), Eighth Veil, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Andrea Rosen Gallery, The New Museum, White Columns, The Kitchen, Artists Space, Museum Ludwig, and the 42.Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin. The artist’s work has been scene & herd in Artforum.com, Frieze, Flash Art, C Magazine, Parachute, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.