Mark Fox

Mark Fox, Deep Grey See, 2010.

Mark Fox, BFA85

The written word is sign and symbol, but for Mark Fox, words also have physical presence. Religious doctrines, philosophical treatises, and other writings are embedded in cardboard-like geological strata or cut from paper and steel to form amorphous clouds of text. In Fox's hands, language is at once embodied, manipulated, and dematerialized.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Fox was a Fred Conway Art Scholar at Washington University, earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration in 1985. After earning his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Stanford University in 1988, he returned to Cincinnati, where his interest in narrative led to the founding of Saw Theater, a nationally known company that used handmade puppets to create elaborate multimedia performances. From 1994-2001, Fox and collaborator Anthony Luensman traveled widely with Saw Theater, performing at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Festival of International Puppet Theater at New York's P.S. 122, and other national venues. In 1999, Fox and David Zaza created the web-based puppet play "The Kiss," in conjunction with Franklin Furnace. Fox's short film "Toy" toured the United States, Europe and Japan as part of the 1999 Super Super 8 festival.

Based in New York since late 2003, Fox has exhibited his drawings, paintings and sculpture in more than 30 solo exhibitions and dozens of group shows. Recent highlights include MFKPMQ (2014) at Robert Miller Gallery and Unaccustomed (2013) at Galeria Pilar in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2003, Fox created Dust, an installation featuring more than 2,500 drawings of the artist’s personal belongings, to inaugurate a new wing at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Fox's work can be found in many public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has received numerous fellowships and awards from the Ohio Arts Council and two grants from the Jim Henson Foundation. He has completed several artist residencies, including at the Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program in Giverny, France, in 2010.