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Mark Jon Erickson
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San Francisco Art Institute
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
I am...
a painter and show in galleries and out of my studio in the Bay Area (San Francisco)
About my artwork
go to www.markerickson.com
and see
seeing is knowing
Artists I like
from Rauschenberg to DeKooning
Rick Griffin to Claus Oldenberg
and back to Picasso and Frida Kahlo
my grandmother Blanche Hesslein was a hell of painter in New York City
check her out on my website
writing poetry and short stories
making bracelets
planting trees
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
an upcoming exhibition of mine

Toomey Tourell Gallery
49 Geary Street
San Francisco, California

July 3 - September 1st, 2008

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Sun Gone Down

Paint drips when it's wet

rivers of memories

sunsets are often out of sight

just lost reminders

the soft reflection across the pipeline,

the reasons we work

on the sidescaped plain

is better than the alternative

to sit and wait,

surf was up

the sun gone down

the line across the distance

is flat and clean

like the draftsman's horizon,

one step above the tree line

two blocks from the local bar

a far cry from the… Continue

Posted on June 19, 2008 at 14:44

Indoor Plumbing

Often one has an interest in indoor plumbing

drains and pipes

and what nots under the sink,

like where does it all really go

the water

to the sea

the oceanside

to a landscaped retreat

I used to have mice in my studio

they left traces of their life in my building

and they were holding up

under my kitchen sink,

One day I showed them the hills of Berkeley

and they are now at play

like all mice should be

seeking… Continue

Posted on June 19, 2008 at 14:38

Red Foley

Riding in the sky

on the dangling string of life

the letdown was minor

as she brought drinks

in short glasses

but then she said

I just don't want to talk to tonight

that put a chill on the ceremony

someone said "cool in Italy"

I've seen cool before in Torino

I saw cool

take a guy

sliding down the street

on his knees

illuminated in the night

by his sparkling splintering motorcycle

keeping pace with… Continue

Posted on June 11, 2008 at 1:13

Go Ask Alice

She was like the fire

searing moments of electricity

carried in her purse

notes of the underground

writing scribbles in between the pages,

she knew the names of everyone she ever met

making small paintings on paper

swirling kaleidoscopes of thought and passion

the day always came when she left,

she took her heart on the road

met strangers

left donations

sat quietly on park benches

watching the days go slowly by,

very late in… Continue

Posted on June 9, 2008 at 12:34

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At 14:59 on August 16, 2008, kika nicolela said…
too bad you can't be here in NYC for our screening! but thanks a lot for the support, we appreciate it!
At 6:38 on August 8, 2008, alison williams said…
my favorites - Waterloo n All the pretty lil horses
and Vo... man a few others too great work Mark -
At 6:31 on August 8, 2008, alison williams said…
yes i miss my ma too Mark - big time ... thank you for comment n for watching ... check out "sacred silence" it would be better if viewed on large screen... alas for now this gotta do, regards ali
At 14:17 on June 26, 2008, amal chidiac said…
thanks Mark. your work is very interesting. like it a lot :)
At 22:04 on June 21, 2008, Ottinger Christoph said…
Nice work...
At 6:25 on June 19, 2008, alison williams said…
he who plants trees eh... hello Mark, tear off a piece of mind and gimme some - oblivion. ? tell me about oblivion cos i got a thing for that. will read your blogs later... and check your site looks like it will awaken moi. dig your paintings i do.
At 4:42 on June 18, 2008, kika nicolela said…
hi mark,
thanks for the add and the comment.
the exquisite corpse video project is a collaboration project born here in artreview, with members of the group Video Artists I created.
it's being really fun to work like that! of course we had to adapt the surrealists' idea to make it work with video. lots of fun!
At 0:04 on June 17, 2008, fionalong said…
Sure. I only joined today and am gonna be hectic getting some paintings done over the next few days but please check out my website before I get my arse in gear and upload some images! x
At 23:18 on June 11, 2008, Michael Bowdidge said…
I like your Bird Bath particularly, some shades of Cornell there, not a bad thing IMHO :)
At 16:17 on June 7, 2008, John Gregory said…
Love the way you lay down the paint... and the color.


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