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Episode Info: sh Rock Lititz. “It was the first time I ever made furniture. It was a big leap,” he says. “I got thrown in to the wolves.” The series of furnishings outfitted the production rehearsal space for the entertainment industry’s largest design facility. Mark found his connection to art when he was young while building with LEGO blocks and Erector Sets. He is inspired by the work of Alexander Calder, the MoMA-collected, American sculptor widely regarded for his mobiles and public sculptures—with four nearby in Philly and one Swarthmore. Calder’s incorporation of movement transcended abstract expressionism and gave his art life. Mark’s art is a self-described visual contradiction between form and function, together with unlikely textures, shapes, and materials. “I like to be able to use my hands and feel the mediums. I love clay, but after clay probably metal,” says Mark, who relishes the sense of accomplishment at being able to manipulate the materials he works with. Much of his work incorporates a distinct use of angles, raw metal zigs and zags with perceived abandon and direction. He aims to create visual contradictions between form and function. Length is a fluid concept. His subjects seem arbitrary, ranging from a heavy, pointed-nose skateboard made of repurposed wood and rough metal resting in a corner of his shop to commercial work in some of the area’s most recognizable businesses, like Spring House Brewing and American Bar and Grill. Size is dictated only by space and Mark’s will. “I don’t like anything having straight lines. I like to have that offset. It’s just for my sanity I guess.” Art is what keeps him sane—his words. Art delivers the strength he needs never to return to the days of substance abuse. “Art has been that one thing that has kept me strong, so I wouldn’t faulter or go back to hard drugs and alcohol,” says Mark, openly. “Everybody has their little happy place. Art is my happy place. I can go there and everything else dissolves and there is nothing wrong in the world.” To view and purchase Untitled Mark’s work, visit www.untitledmark.com. ...
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