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Mark Stockton
Flesh for Worms
November 5 - 28, 2010

In the exhibition Flesh for Worms, Stockton introduces two new series of drawings. “A Selection of Popular Athletes, Canines and Entertainers” is a group of 18 graphite drawings that catalog three sets of distinct archetypes. Each portrait is rendered with exacting specificity, yet inevitably descends to a generalization of the depicted persona. Upon closer inspection, an underlying grid becomes apparent, as the counterfeit nature of the image is revealed. “The Hunters” series is comprised of four large-scale panels; each containing eight diminishing portraits in charcoal. The groupings compile visual lists of iconic, sometimes deplorable, Americans. Loosely connected by their actions, these figures have altered the countenance of our national identity. ??

Mark Stockton holds an MFA in Painting/Drawing from Syracuse University and a BFA from Oregon State University. He has had solo shows with Acuna-Hansen Gallery in Los Angeles and his work has been featured in exhibitions and art fairs in LA, NY, and Miami. Recently, his drawings have been included in exhibitions In the Philadelphia area at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, UArts, Arcadia University, Abington Arts Center, and NWAA. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia and is teaching design and drawing full-time at Drexel University. ?