October 28th - November 24th, 2017
2255 NW Northrup Street
(Linfield School of Nursing - Peterson Hall)
Portland, OR 97210
Gallery Hours: 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday, Saturday 9am-5pm
neighborhood storefronts and how we shop as a means to explore issues of
diversity, religion, ingenuity, creativity, eccentricity, culture, architecture, social
class, economics, commerce and competition.
The 153 images embedded in the 17 grids in this exhibition are just part of the
400 storefronts in the project. Each one tells a story about the struggle of the little
guy to survive when all they have is an idea, a can of paint and a window display
to compete in an environment where they are outclassed, outgunned and
outspent for your business. Some succeed; many fail and most just hang on. But
how dull would our communities be without these unique forms of expression?
To Mark, every one of these storefronts is a work of folk art. Only the stakes are
high – the success and future of a family, a street, neighborhood or even a city.
Each window is a unique amalgamation of colors, wares, displays, signage and
architectural flourishes. Do we want every Main Street to look the
Based in Los Angeles, Mark is a former movie Location Manager, Production
Manager, Studio Executive and Producer. He has worked on films from Body
Heat and Big Chill to Titanic, Tropic Thunder and the lamentable reboot of Lone
Ranger. And of course Short Circuit, much of which was shot in Astoria and
Mark’s experience traveling and scouting locations are major influences on his
shooting style and choice of subjects. Having been to all 50 states (and 50
countries), he is most interested in how the man-made landscape reflects the
tensions in and celebrations of our culture.
From 2008-2013, he also founded a company that led photo tours of the LA
River, which was the subject of his first book, The Los Angeles River: A City
Runs Through It. He has since published two more books, 88: The Tribal Cities
of LA County and Ohi:Yo´, a study of life along the Ohio River just prior to the
Presidential campaign. He is currently working on a series of uniquely American
regions like the Ozarks, the Florida Panhandle, the Adirondacks, the
Chesapeake Bay and other places with a specific identity that may not match
with current reality.
Some of Mark’s key exhibits include: Davis Orton Gallery (Hudson, NY), Art
Share LA (Los Angeles, CA), Dun, Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester,
MA), Millard Sheets Gallery (Pomona, CA), Orange County Center for
Contemporary Art (Santa Ana, CA), Palm Springs Art Fair, PH21 Gallery
(Budapest), Riverside Museum of Art (Riverside, CA), Annenberg Space for
Photography (Culver City, CA), Dot 51 Gallery (Miami, FL), Quality Pictures
(Portland, OR) and Tracy Park Gallery (Santa Monica, CA).
Mark has also been featured in these publications: Edge of Humanity, F-Stop,
Huffington Post, Locations International, Compass, Los Angeles Times, Shots,
PDN, Rangefinder, Shutterbug, Civilization.