Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:00pm
As an artist, Mark Mitchell’s output spans visual art, music, and theater. His current project, Burial 2, addresses issues of mass incarceration and prison reform -- sculptures that are intended as a means to dismantle white supremacy. Combining fine dressmaking and millinery techniques with text, this hand-sewn work tells stories, mourns, and memorializes, often using tropes of funeral traditions. When completed, the group of a dozen or more sculptures will serve as an activating window into mass incarceration and its devastating effects.
Mark Mitchell’s last major work, Burial, a performance and installation, was showcased in a solo exhibition at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum to critical and popular acclaim. In November 2016, Burial was presented in a solo exhibition in Beirut, Lebanon. In addition to recent group exhibitions, Mitchell’s recent residencies include The Vermont Studio Center, Creative Exchange Lab at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, and The New Foundation Seattle. His work has been included in many group exhibitions and is found in both public and private collections.
While in Bellingham, Mark Mitchell will also be speaking on April 29 at 3 p.m. at Pickford Film Center as part of the film series Beauty, Brains and Know How, Screwball Comedy in the Glamour Age. He will be discussing gowns and costuming in the 1941 Preston Sturges film The Lady Eve.
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