J. Mark Irwin is a sculptor who works primarily in wood and various mixed media.
Mark has exhibited in a wide variety of venues, including three appearances at "The Art of the State" show in The Pennsylvania Art Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Susquehanna University, Bloomsburg University, and Gallery Arcturus in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His most recent solo show was at the Station Gallery in his home town of Lock Haven, PA.
My free standing sculptures are created from wood incorporating hand-forged steel in some cases. The abstract and organic pieces are created using hand carving tools (gouges, rifflers, chisels and abrasives) as well as power carving equipment. The freestanding sculptures are finished with shellac prepared in a method consistent with 18th century European and American wood finishing techniques and applied in a manner modified to meet my needs.
Through my sculpture, I offer a conversation that will serve to engage the viewer in a visual dialog with the pieces in order to evoke an emotional response. Giving equal emphasis to both positive and negative space while maintaining the flow, harmony, and logical relationship between the lines of the piece, I invite as many people into the visual conversation as possible. Accessibility is a key goal of my work.
My mixed media constructions are made using (but not limited to) the following materials:
My wall pieces present a nexus between the technological, the organic, and the human unconscious. They are at times metaphoric, at times playful, at times disturbing, but always precise.
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