Mark Colyer

O.K., Now What?

November 5 - December 18, 2022

Mark Colyer

B10

2022

Acrylic and wood

239 x 89.5 x 92.5 in.

(607 x 227.33 x 235 cm.)

 

$ 1500

Mark Colyer

O.K., Now What?

2019

Acrylic and collage on chipboard

18.5 x 26.5 x 5 in.

(47 x 67.3 x 12.7 cm.)

 

$ 2000

Mark Colyer

ARTE

2021

Acrylic and collage on chipboard

6.75 x 9 x 1 in.

(17.15 x 22.86 x 2.54 cm.)

 

$ 1000

Mark Colyer

Figure at the Base of a Crucifixion

2021

Acrylic and collage on chipboard

10.25 x 9 x 2.75 in.

(26 x 22.86 x 7 cm.)

 

$ 1000

Mark Colyer

to make known the truth.

2017 / 2021

Acrylic and collage on chipboard

12 x 13.5 x 2 in.

(30.5 x 34.3 x 5 cm.)

 

$ 1500

Mark Colyer

"For seven long days..."

2022

Acrylic and collage on chipboard

11 x 11 x 3.75 in.

(27.94 x 27.94 x 9.53 cm.)

 

$ 1000

Mark Colyer

Untitled (The Philosopher)

2022

Collage on chipboard

2.5 x 2 x 2 in.

(6.35 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm.)

 

$ 100

Mark Colyer

A1

2021

Acrylic and Wood

84 x 27 x 30 in.

(210 x 67.5 x 75 cm.)

 

$ 1200

Mark Colyer, MacGuffin #2, 2021

Mark Colyer

A3

2021

Acrylic and wood

111 x 36 x 20 in.

(277.5 x 90 x 50 cm.)

                       

$ 1200

Mark Colyer

A4

2021

Acrylic and wood

60 x 34 x 13 in.

(152.4 x 86.36 x 33.02 cm.)

 

$ 1000

Mark Colyer

A12

2021

Acrylic and Wood                              

81 x 12 x 9 in.

(202.74 x 30.48 x 22.86 cm.)

 

$ 600

Mark Colyer

A15

2021

Acrylic and wood

72 x 7 x 5.5 in.

(180 x 17.5 x 13.75 cm.)

 

$ 600

Mark Colyer

A16

2021

Acrylic and Wood

70 x 11 x 11 in.

(175 x 27.5 x 27.5 cm.)

 

$ 600

Mark Colyer

B1

2022

Acrylic and wood

141.5 x 52.75 x 19.25 in.

(359.133.99 x 48.9 cm.)

 

$ 1000

Mark Colyer

B2

2022

Acrylic and wood

66.75 x 14 x 7 in.

(169.55 x 35.56 x 17.78 cm.)

 

$ 600

Mark Colyer

B3

2022

Acrylic and wood

195 x 69 x 23.5 in.

(495.3 x 175.26 x 59.69 cm.)

 

$ 1200

Mark Colyer

B5

2022

Wood

46.5 x 31 x 24 in.

(118.11 x 78.74 x 60.96 cm.)

 

$ 600

Mark Colyer

B6

2022

Wood

46.5 x 31 x 24 in.

(118.11 x 78.74 x 60.96 cm.)

 

$ 600

Mark Colyer

B7

2022

Acrylic and wood

332.5 x 91.5 x 68 in.

(844.55 x 232.41 x 172.72 cm.)

 

$ 1200

Mark Colyer

B8

2022

Acrylic and wood

151.5 x 66 x 68 in.

(384.81 x 167.64 x 172.72 cm.)

 

$ 1000

Mark Colyer

B12

2022

Acrylic and wood

35.5 x 13 x 13 in.

(90.71 x 33.02 x 33.02 cm.)

 

$ 400

Mark Colyer

B13

2022

Acrylic and wood

89 x 16.25 x 7 in.

(226.06 x 41.28 x 17.78 cm.)

 

$ 800

Mark Colyer

B16

2022

Wood

48.5 x 17 x 8.5 in.

(123.19 x 43.18 x 21.59 cm.)

 

$ 600

Mark Colyer

B17

2022

Acrylic and wood

90.75 x 34.5 x 27 in.

(230.51 x 87.63 x 68.58 cm.)

 

$ 800

Mark Colyer

Wall Construction 2

2019

Acrylic and wood

size in.

(size cm.)

 

$ 800

Mark Colyer

Wall Construction 3

2019

Acrylic and wood

size in.

(size cm.)

 

$ 800

Press Release

Mark Colyer: O.K., Now What?

November 5 - December 18, 2022

Opening Reception: 4 - 9 PM, Saturday, Novemberr 5, 2022

Tanja Grunert is proud to present O.K. Now What?, a new exhibition of collage and sculpture by artist Mark Colyer. Kelsey Sloane wrote about the exhibtion:

Navigating a myriad of found and recycled material, Mark Colyer creates compelling compositions informed by art history, architecture, natural forms, and our current moment, while allowing the medium to be his guide. O.K. Now What?, taking its title from an eponymous work from 2019, is an exhibition of collage and new sculpture by the Hudson-based artist. Sourced from job sites and sidewalk sales, Colyer collects books, magazines, newsprint, scrap wood and metal, and combines various elements to create explorations in balance, dynamism, and intuition. These constructions are investigations of the artist’s visual language, individual navigation through time and space, as well as the autonomy of repurposed material.

Colyer’s collages, inspired by both sculpture and architecture study, are centered around found paper products, from art catalogues to repurposed envelopes. Working with the precision of an architectural model, each collage includes multiple cut-out elements, glued to chipboard, then combined to create three-dimensional assemblages. Colyer works at a one-to-one scale – no image is altered or enlarged digitally, in respect to the nature of the found object. Every edge, line, and face of the artwork is considered. Intended to be observed from various angles, the constructions hold their own secrets; unexpected imagery is found layered through the cuttings, and text is lurking in the shadows, each fragment serving as the respective work’s title, and allowing viewers to literally read between the lines and find further context.

In a new series of sculpture, Colyer continues his exploration into materiality and the art-viewing experience, and expands his assemblages outward and upward. Rather than creating something from entirely new materials, he is more interested in an economy of means, by using leftover wood from carpentry projects. By working with the found state of these objects, ranging from small off-cuts to long pieces of trim, he is considering new heights for what otherwise would have been landfill-bound. While he allows the medium to guide his making, the completed works are not necessarily about materiality for its own sake, but how the components can be manipulated to cause different emotional responses as they are viewed in space.

The confrontational form and scale of his outdoor sculptures are motivated by the sublime. His process is informed in part by a sense of awe in the face of both natural and manufactured height, found in skyscrapers, mountains, or trees, and the desires and fears associated with both viewing and physically reaching such elevations. The impressive, sometimes precarious stature of these towers may result in feelings of discomfort or curiosity, as they call for the viewer to slow down, look up, and consider the space around them. Found at varying scales through the exhibition, Colyer considers these obelisks extensions of ourselves.

While many of these sculptures remain unpainted, showcasing the as-is state of the material, a selection is painted in a specific shade of green house paint. This hue mimics that of a green screen, allowing for these objects to become interventions in both our physical realm, as well as the virtual, as they can be digitally transformed with new images, or disappear entirely. A layered rumination in materiality, experience, and how manipulation informs viewing, Mark Colyer’s O.K. Now What? asks where the mundane can take us.

Mark Colyer (b. 1990) is an artist and carpenter residing in the environs of Hudson, NY. He studied fine art at Hudson Valley Community College and received a BFA in Sculpture from SUNY Purchase. His work has been exhibited at LABSpace (Hillsdale, NY), Real Eyes Gallery (Adams, MA), The Hudson Underground (Hudson, NY), Joyce Goldstein Gallery (Chatham, NY), Art Omi (Ghent, NY), Tanja Grunert (Hudson, NY), and The Hallway at Second Street Studios (Troy, NY).