Hudson Franklin is pleased to announce the first New York solo exhibition by Mark Booth, a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, audio artist, and writer.
For this exhibition, Booth continues the development of his signature investigation of language. Set into drawings and enamel paintings, abstract texts
- a playful mix of dialogue, provocation, sensorial experiences, and humor - interact with both black-and-white and color abstract forms. The connections between text and shapes vary: In some, the text nestles into diagrammatic or biomorphic forms or is restrained within skeletal shapes; in others, colors overlap text or fill in potential thought balloons. Each is a striking and engaging distillation of language, form, and suggestion. Booth proposes that they “may be read as memorials to passing thought, maps of cognitive cul-de-sacs, charts of unstable memory, or containers for the bric-a-brac of fleeting daydreams.” The exhibition will also feature Booth’s audio works “TODAY/TOMORROW” and “IN THE EVENT.”
Booth has exhibited his visual art at Tony Wight/Bodybuilder & Sportsman, Chicago; Chicago Cultural Center; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii; Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL; Devening Editions, Chicago; and other venues. Selected audio artworks have been presented at the Overgaden Sound Art Festival, Copenhagen; Openport Festival, Chicago; Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago; Nova art fair, Chicago; and the Outer Ear Festival of Sound, Chicago. In addition, Booth has completed commissioned audio scores for Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak’s “My Name is a Blackbird,” Chicago, and Erik Pold’s “Success”, Copenhagen. Next fall, Booth will have a solo show at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. He currently teaches creative writing, painting, and sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.