MARK MOTHERSBAUGH'S
"BEAUTIFUL MUTANTS" August 19th - September 17th

CLICK HERE for printable poster.

Images from the opening.

Mark Mothersbaugh is a founding member of DEVO. Mark's Beautiful Mutants have been touring the world the past two years. The Beautiful Mutants are antique photographs that Mark manipulates to provide an effect similar to the symmetry found in a Rorschach Test.

Beautiful Mutants online: http://www.mutatovisual.com/gallery.html#bm

History

Images pulled from man's past,
then corrected into sickeningly beautiful beings.

Photo manipulations & illustrations, Archival Prints, Photos, Originals.
Mark's love of art started early in his childhood, just after it was discovered that he was extremely nearsighted and legally blind.

His first correctional glasses offered Mark a new view of the world, inspiring his obsession with imagery and illustrations. His first works, which he began creating in the late 1960's and into the 70's, consisted of many different mediums, including rubber stamp designs, ink illustrations, screen printing, decals, and mail art. He participated in local showings, and received recognition for his work in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

Now Mark will embark on his BEAUTIFUL MUTANTS tour in
2005, which will showcase his photographic symmetrical
creations and 'corrected' imagery. See you there...


Mark Mothersbaugh Art Statement

Symmetry

Rorschach's patterns, though abstract, suggest different visual images to each person who views them, and each interpretation is correct. Objects in this world are what they are to you because of how you happen to see them.

People are all hiding something. Many know exactly what that is, while most probably have no idea. Our asymmetrical exterior hides the true contents in each of us.

Aztec Indians built gigantic kaleidoscopic pyramids that focused light from the sun through complex polished silver mirrors that reflected and flipped images of humans onto walls, giving rise to the celebration of a quest for true symmetry in their lives.


In the 18oo's, people would flirt with these ideas and play parlor games with signatures, paper cuttings, etc. It was in the early 1900's that Rorschach and other psychiatrists developed theories and medieval practices (inverted as it turned out) based on their intuitive hunches regarding the symmetry and internal workings of man. Humans, great pretenders to bi-lateral symmetry, are in actuality, closer to potatoes in their lack of precise symmetry.


A closer look reveals what is truly inside the people around us.

The photographs in this show were corrected in order to examine those who have walked the planet before us. Theoretically symmetrical in generalities, the subtle potatoe-like qualities of the human form allow the tenants of those bodies to hide within their asymmetric muddiness.

These corrected photographic images allow the true tenant of these human faces and figures to be flushed out and viewed without the disguise that we all so expertly hide behind.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a nonprofit organization including the North Water Street Gallery located in Kent, Ohio. The North Water Street Gallery is committed to bringing full-blown art to the public. Artists are typically local, however, there are several artists featured from out of the state, out of the country, and out of their minds! All artists are encouraged to show their work regardless of race, creed, age, gender, or expertise. Send work, pictures of work, slides, or just bring what you have to:

257 North Water Street
Kent, Ohio 44240
or contact us at: info@standingrock.net
Jeff Ingram ~
Curator of Exhibitions 330.673.4970
Gary Lockwood ~ Artistic Director 330.903.2055