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Mark Flood


Mark Flood (born 1957 in Houston, TX)  got his BA from Rice University in Houston. His work has been exhibited internationally in Spain, the UK, France, Italy, Greece and Germany. In 2012, Luxembourg & Dayan gallery in New York held a survey of Flood’s seminal work of the 1980’s, bringing together more than one hundred pieces of Flood’s paintings and collages.

Flood’s work can be found in the collections of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Dallas Museum of Art,the Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

His work is widely exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Described as an “agent provocateur and enfant terrible - a painter and a prankster," Flood is "known for his fierce intelligence, wry wit, and undeniable talent.” Beginning with his paintings and collages from the 1980s -- while he was in the punk rock band Culturcide -- Flood has been a raucous cultural critic, attacking one and all: low-brow and high culture. The artist's work is both a powerful lens on America and a sophisticated, anarchic continuation of high art’s love affair with the readymade.” Flood’s collages and collection of detritus recall Bruce Connor’s careful constructions and cataloging of the mass obsessions of his day. Flood, however, seems to have a split personality: one half punk-propaganda master and one half elegant lace painter. Using toxic colors and combinations, Flood started making paintings from paint soaked lace pressed against a canvas, showing the age and wear endured by the battered lace before its last incarnation in printmaking. Devoid of irony, the lace paintings have a formal beauty that transcends Flood’s earlier oeuvre, while still delivering a punch in the gut to traditional heroic notions of painting. Flood attributes this shift in style in part to critic Dave Hickey’s 1993 book The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty. “Hickey made me realize that I made ugly art,” says Flood. “But that’s what I thought art was about—if you made something beautiful, you were suspect. … When I discovered how to make something beautiful, I no longer needed any art bureaucracy.”

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Mark Flood FACEBOOK FARM at beta pictoris gallery
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Mark Flood's exhibition FACEBOOK FARM at beta pictoris gallery
one of the finalists AICA's 2013

"Best Show in a Commercial Space Nationally" Award







click above image to read Lilly Lampe's review of FACEBOOK FARM for Burnaway.org








FACEBOOK FARM
2013
Acrylic on canvas
  40 by 40 in.

private collection, Atlanta, GA








UPLOADING [spilled]
2013
Acrylic on canvas
  40 by 40 in.


private collection, Birmingham, AL







UPLOADING [dragged]
2013
Acrylic on canvas
  40 by 40 in.








UPLOADING [cracked]
2013
Acrylic on canvas
  40 by 40 in.








UPLOADING [splattered]
2013
Acrylic on canvas
  40 by 40 in.
 
private collection, Birmingham, AL








CONNECT TO FACEBOOK
2013
Acrylic on canvas, coaxial cable
  painting 40 by 40 in.
installed ca. 70 by 40 in.


private collection, Atlanta, GA








CONNECT TO FACEBOOK
2013
Acrylic on canvas, coaxial cable
  painting 40 by 40 in.
installed ca. 70 by 40 in.


private collection, Atlanta, GA












LIKE After Dark
2013
Acrylic spray paint on canvas
  12 by 16 in.







Dripping White LIKE
2013
Acrylic spray paint on canvas
  12 by 16 in.
 
private collection, Birmingham, AL
 





Stencil LIKE
2013
cut canvas, marker, wood
  12 by 16 in.


private collection, Chicago, IL







Soft LIKE
2013
Acrylic spray paint on canvas
  12 by 16 in.



 
 
 
 
Screen Door LIKE
2013
Acrylic spray paint on canvas
  12 by 16 in.
 
 





Smoky LIKE
2013
Acrylic spray paint on canvas
  12 by 16 in.
 
private collection, Birmingham, AL







LIKE Negative
2013
Acrylic spray paint on canvas
  12 by 16 in.
 







Fifties LIKE
2013
Acrylic spray paint on canvas
  12 by 16 in.



 
 
 
 
Sick LIKE
2013
Acrylic spray paint on canvas
  12 by 16 in.
 
 





Air Raid LIKE
2013
Acrylic spray paint on canvas
  12 by 16 in.
 







Ike LIKE
2013
Acrylic spray paint on canvas
  12 by 16 in.








Magic City
2013
Acrylic on canvas
  ca. 40 by 30 in.

private collection, Birmingham, AL




 


Small Black Mirror
2012
Acrylic on canvas
  ca. 38 by 28 in.


private collection, New York, NY







Tender Grapes
2013
Acrylic on canvas
  ca. 40 by 30 in.


private collection, New York, NY







North Blvd. Puddle
2012
Acrylic on canvas
  ca. 40 by 30 in.


private collection, New York, NY








ANOTHER PAINTING [yellow and orange]
2012
Acrylic and fluorescent acrylic on canvas
  40 by 40 in.

private collection, New York, NY








ANOTHER PAINTING [orange]
2012
Acrylic and fluorescent acrylic on canvas
  40 by 40 in.

private collection, Birmingham, AL
























































 

Selected Solo Exhibitions


2014

Mark Flood, Modern Art, London
Available NASDAQ Symbol, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY
Insider Art Fair, Center 548, New York, NY
Another Painting, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO


2013

Facebook Farm, beta pictoris gallery, Birmingham, AL
LAME LEWD AND DEPRESSED: Lane Hagood, Mark Flood, and Jeremy DePrez, Co-Lab Projects, Austin, TX
Mark Lood Ask Officer Pepperspray, Peres Projects, Berlin


2012

Bushwick Basement, Grimm Schultz, Brooklyn, NY
YES YES YAWN, Home Alone Gallery, New York, NY
ARTSTAR, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY
The Hateful Years, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, NY
PEOPLE ARE STRANGLE, Peres Projects, Berlin


2011

MURK FLOOD, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY
Monument to the Responsible Management of the Earth, Maccarone, New York, NY
The Bitterness of the Red Pill, Cardoza Fine Art, Houston, TX


2010

Bitch Moves, Peres Projects, Berlin
Decorations on her Body, Galerie Rùˆdiger Schöttle, Munich
Green Cube, Noma Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2009

Chelsea Whores, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY
Wart Exhibit, Peres Projects, Berlin


2008

Entertainment Weakly, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Vote Demon Replicant, Locker Plant, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
Nondifference Personified, Brasil, Houston, TX


2006

Assorted Rags, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Lace Paintings, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
Lace Paintings, Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX


2005

Surprise Your Loved Ones, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
Support Your Local Parasitic Art Bureaucracy, Brasil, Houston, TX


2004

Lace Paintings, American Fine Art, New York, NY
Lace Paintings, Angstrom, Dallas, TX
Lace Paintings, Mixture, Houston, TX


2002

Lace Paintings, Solway Jones, Los Angeles, TX
Mark Flood, Marfa Book Company, Marfa, TX
Lace Paintings, Mixture Gallery, Houston, TX
Mark Flood, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX


2001

Lace Paintings, Sala Diaz, San Antonio, TX


2000

An Exhibition of Work by Mark Flood Organized by Rob Weiner, Marfa, TX


1998

Temple Signage, Commerce Street Artists Warehouse, Houston, TX


1997

More Mark Flood, Brasil, Houston, TX


1994

Mark Flood, Lynn Goode Gallery, Houston, TX


1993

Trophy Paintings, Zero One Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


1992

Art Management, Lynn Goode Gallery, Houston, TX


1991

Social Bodies, GVG Gallery, Houston, TX


1989

Imperatives, GVG Gallery, Houston, TX
Celebrity Idolatry, Commerce Street, Houston, TX


1988

Billboard Alterations, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX


1987

My Relationship with my Co-Workers, Instituto Stato di Cultura, Houston, TX


1981

And Man Chose, 3221 Milam, Houston, TX

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions


2014

Summer in Gstaad, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
New Hells, Derek Eller Gallery, New York


2013

Art for Rollins, The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
Analogital, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT
Harold Ancart, Kristin Baker, Mark Barrow, nina Beier, Anna Betbeze, Mark Flood, Thilo
Heinzmann, John Henderson, Scott Lyall, Jayson Musson, Renaud Regnery and Pae White, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
The Writing is on the Wall, Jonathan Viner, London, UK
Art for Art’s Sake, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
LAME LEWD AND DEPRESSED: Lane Hagood, Mark Flood, and Jeremy DePrez, Co-Lab Projects, Austin, TX
Outside the Lines: UIA (Unlikely lterations of the Abstract), The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
Double Hamburger Deluxe, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
ANAMERICANA, American Academy, Rome


2012

Idealizing the Imaginary: Invention and Illusion in Contemporary Painting, Oakland
University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI
BLIND CUT, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Collaborations & Interventions, CCA Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca
Files, Desks, Chairs, 1100 E 5th Street (former TOPS warehouse), Austin, TX
It’s Always Sunny on the Inside, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
Détournement: Signs of the Times, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
In Plain Sight, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
Eagles, Marlborough Gallery, Madrid, Spain


2011

The Cannibal’s Muse II, Autocenter, Berlin
A Painting Show, Autocenter, Berlin
Grisaille, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, NY


2010

Preconceived Iconography, Museum 52, New York, NY
SHRED, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY
Open, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY


2009

There’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you… Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
Reality Sandwiches, Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany
Minneapolis, Peres Projects, Los Angeles
Mark Flood and John Kleckner: Additional Paintings, REMAP2, Athens, Greece
Geography of the Imagination, Lead Apron, Los Angeles, CA


2008

Pretty Ugly, Maccarone Gallery, New York, NY
Sack of Bones, Asia Song Society, New York, NY and Peres Projects, Los Angeles, CA


2007

Big, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
Group Exhibition by Gallery Artists, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
New Paintings by Jeff Elrod, Mark Flood and Jeff Zilm, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX


2006

Scope, Pulse and Flow Miami 2006, Miami, FL
Mark Flood Jeff Elrod and Jack Pierson, Marfa Book Company, Marfa, TX
Inaugural Group Show, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX


2005

Return of the Boys in the Bubble, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
Restless, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX


2002

Blip, University of South Florida Contemporary Arts Museum, Tampa, FL
Bitchin’ Pictures, Solway Jones, Los Angeles, CA
Million Dollar Hotel, Houston, TX


2001

Show People, CB313 Gallery, New York, NY
Kick the Habit, Good/Bad, New York, NY
Postmodern Americans: a selection, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Trying Too Hard, Commerce Street, Houston, TX


2000

Broken Paintings, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, NY
Mark Flood, Dan McCarthy, Jack Pierson, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY


1999

Texas Draws, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX


1998

Elrod/Flood/Tucker, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX


1997

Monstrous Double, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
Uncommon Sense, Geffen Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA


1996

Unmade in the U.S.A., La Pananderia, Mexico City, Mexico


1995

City Folk, Holly Solomon Gallery, NYC


1994

Made in the U.S.A.: A 2000 Year Survey, Thicket Gallery, New York, NY


1993

Texas Contemporary: Acquisitions of the 90s, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
Darkness and Light, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, TX
Faces, River Oaks Theater, Houston, TX
100 Viewings of the Rodney King Beating, Catal Huyuk, Houston, TX


1992

Paint by Numbers, Bridgewater-Lustberg Gallery, New York, NY
Avenues of Departure, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
Primarily Paint, Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, TX
Crosses, Jamison Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR


1991

Texas Selections from The Menil Collection, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX
Animals, Max Fish, NYC
Perfect World, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Mutilations, Max Fish, New York, New York, NY
Pop Art: The Object Transformed, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX


1990

The Art of Assemblage, Lynn Goode Gallery, Houston, TX
Texas Art Celebration 90, 1600 Smith, Houston, TX


1989

Primal Screen: A Fake Art Movement, Treebeard’s, Houston, TX


1988

Club Proteus, Houston, TX
Synergy, Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX
Houston 88, 1600 Smith, Houston, TX


1987

Vandalism, Screen Memories, Houston, TX
One Eye, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
True Wit - Humor in Texas Art, 1600 Smith, Houston, TX
Found, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX


1986

3 to 5, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX


1985

Propaganda, Mid-Town Arts Center, Houston, TX
Group Show, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX


1982

Prisoners of Conscience, Studio One, Houston, TX


1981

Five Unimportant Artists, 3221 Milam, Houston, TX
Group Show, Studio One, Houston, TX