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Mark Staff Brandl

Schopf-Acker 22
CH-9043 Trogen
Switzerland
+41 (0)71 344 93 61

Jedlitschka Gallery
Seefeldstrasse 52
CH- 8008 Zurich
Switzerland
Tel.  +41 (0) 44 252 35 30
Cell: +41 (0) 79 608 34 60
info@jedlitschka-gallery.ch

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Artist's Statement: I do visual philosophy in slang. I make installations of sequential paintings, forming huge, walk-in "comic pages," as well as groups of paintings including bold lettering and images. My paintings are fashioned of drips of enamel with meticulously painted outlines, shadows and highlights created using lettering, comic art and painting techniques. Thus, near-at-hand, the motifs appear to be abstract swirls of lines, yet transform into fluidly-drawn sequences of representational images when viewed at a distance. I am after an aggressively mongrel art, using blue-collar technical skills to energize and criticize fine art, while also criticizing, honoring, and expanding the vernacular arts which inspire me.



Mark Staff Brandl is most well known for his self-labeled "Mongrel Art": hybrids of installation and sequential paintings and drawings, which occasionally incorporate lectures as performances. He was born in 1955 near Chicago, where he lived for many years. He has lived primarily in Switzerland since 1988. He studied art, art history, literature and literary theory at the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Columbia Pac University, and received his Ph.D. in Art History magna cum laude from the University of Zurich in 2011. He is an associate professor of art history and painting at the Kunstschule Liechtenstein. Brandl is active internationally as an artist since 1980, has won various awards, had many publications and had numerous exhibitions. His shows include galleries and museums in the US, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Egypt, the Caribbean; specific cities include Paris, Moscow, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. As a critic, he has been a contributor to London’s The Art Book, Sharkforum on-line, a podcaster for Bad at Sports, Theory Editor for Chicago's Proximity magazine and a Contributing Editor for New York’s Art in America. He is also the curator of The Collapsible Kunsthalle and the Kunstgrill in Zurich. Works of his have been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Whitney Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the St. Gallen Art Museum, The Thurgau Museum of Fine Art, The E.T.H. Graphic Collection in Zurich, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the International Museum of Cartoon Art, the Art Museum Olten and others.

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Mark Staff Brandl ist vor allem für seine selbst ernannte "Mongrel Art" (Mischlingskunst) bekannt: Kreuzungen zwischen Installation und sequenzieller Malerei oder Zeichnungen, die mitunter sogar Vorträge als Performances beinhalten. Er kam 1955 in der Nähe von Chicago zur Welt und hat lange Zeit dort gelebt. Seit 1988 ist er in der Schweiz ansässig; wohnt seit 15 Jahren in Trogen AR und unterrichtet an der Kunstschule Liechtenstein. Seine Ausbildung in Kunst, Kunstgeschichte und Literaturtheorie machte er an der University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Columbia Pacific University und wurde am 20. Mai 2011 magna cum laude an der Universität Zürich in der Geschichte der Kunst zur Doktor promoviert. Brandl ist international seit 1980 als Künstler tätig, hat verschiedene Auszeichnungen erhalten und ist mit zahlreichen Publikationen und Ausstellungen an die Öffentlichkeit getreten. Seine künstlerischen Arbeiten wurden unter anderem von Galerien und Museen in der Schweiz, Deutschland, Italien, Ägypten, der Karibik sowie in Städten wie Paris, Moskau, Chicago, Los Angeles oder New York gezeigt. Als Kunstkritiker schreibte er regelmässig für The Art Book (London), Sharkforum (online), Proximity (Chicago, Theory Editor), Bad at Sports (international podcasts) und Art in America (New York), bei denen er Corresponding Editor war. Er ist auch Kurator der Collapsible Kunsthalle und Kunstgrill Zürich. Einige seiner Werke wurden auch vom Museum of Modern Art in New York, dem Whitney Museum in New York, dem Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, dem Victoria und Albert Museum in London, dem Thurgauer Kunstmuseum, dem Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the International Museum of Cartoon Art, der Graphischen Sammlung der ETH Zürich und anderen aufgenommen.