October 22 - November 10, 2013
Mark Joshua Epstein's recent paintings and works on paper invite viewers to "question conceptual relationships between different visual traditions that employ pattern as both deception and disguise." The artist incorporates visual patterns of wallpaper, textile, and clothing. He has taken particular interest in security envelopes, whose interiors are printed with monochromatic patterns that, beyond adornment, conceal sensitive personal information. Epstein will cover the walls of Gallery 2.5 with photocopies of envelope patterns, hang paintings on top of his "wallpaper," and install small screens in front of each of the paintings to partially obscure their views.
Epstein is an artist in residence in the Visiting Artist Program in ISU's School of Art. University Galleries is partnering with the Visiting Artist Program to present exhibitions or performances by the 2013-2014 artists in residence. While on campus, he will teach a seminar, conduct critiques with students, present a public lecture, and install his exhibition. Epstein has exhibited his work in London, New York, San Francisco, Rome, and Boston. He has had residencies at the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, New York; the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire; and the Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. Epstein received his MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2004, and his BFA from Tufts University, Boston in 2002.