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Mark Warren Jacques – A New Beginning?

Saturday, October 16, 2010 · No Comments

Mark Warren Jacques‘ show, I’m Here Now, opens tonight at Gallery Hijinks in San Francisco. Jacques is a popular player in the SF/Portland indie art scene and certainly deserves the recognition. He is a very talented kid (I’m allowed to call him a kid. He was born in ’84.).

I think his work is fascinating in the way it’s so precise yet mind-bogglingly expansive, but ultimately Jacques’ paintings feels elusive and unyielding to me. Like the ideas and principles his work explores, his paintings are so meta and obtuse that they must be swallowed whole if at all.

It’s interesting to me that Gallery Hijinks emphasizes this show as a definitive departure for Jacques when in my mind the work feels fundamentally the same.

“Clean, fluid lines juxtaposed with bold geometric shapes may have been the artist’s most evident trait until now. This collection unveils a new direction in concept and theory for Jacques, incorporating forms, figures and anatomy with his existing spectrum of symmetrical and organic shapes, unearthing a new dialogue for the viewer.”



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