suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
mark SCHAER: The first collage i made was of a pack of wolves, (was thinking about Jack London at the time) so I scanned these comic book illustrations, chopped them up, added background photographs, thinking i would eventually make a painting, or drawing…. but the idea of making a painting sounded slow and tired at the time, so i just kept playing with the images of the wolves. First they were running in the snow field, then they were running for their lives from a forrest fire…. i fell in love with how easy it was to play with the images and before even realizing it, I had made dozens more, on a kind of image binge. For the first time the pixels really became the thing. Its a simple thought, but it was a personal breakthrough of sorts, and has opened up a lot of possibilities in my work.
I’m interested in the flow of images, the fast ease and ability to manipulate and share… also the hunt for sources and the randomness of the path it takes. I was feeling stuck with drawing and wanted to broaden my process to include culture as a whole: art, fashion, music, cinema, architecture, comics books, etc… also events, found landscapes, moments from other people’s lives, past and present. I want to synthesize and transform these images to create something more inclusive and expansive than the sum of parts. The whole process feels more engaging than where i was at, and I see beauty and possibility in the pixels themselves. I like to be surprised by the images, and want to push the pixels in terms of paint or other traditional media. I also like that the work raises questions about authorship and ownership, where does the original image stop, and where do I start.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
mS: a friend, drummer and collage artist in Santa Cruz named Joaquin Spengemann
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mS: as much as i could
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
mS: Philip de Garcia Lorca, Isamu Noguchi, Thomas Struth,
Gary Winogrand, Gerhard Richter, Clipse, Travis Barker, Terence Malick,
Alexander McQueen, Philip K. Dick, J. Mayer H., Marco Brambilla, Wardell Milan