Filed under: In the Studio, Process Of A Painting | Tags: Ellen C. Caldwell, Franz Kline, In the Studio, Mark Schoening, MFA Boston, Process of a Painting
Mark Schoening (NAP #97) is a contemporary LA-based artist who creates large-scale, detail-packed, process-heavy paintings. His work has evolved over time, moving from similarly detailed black and white mixed media canvases to these bright, geometrically based, perfectly balanced, and meticulously finished matte pieces.
In discussing his process, Schoening recalled that when he was living in Boston, he would regularly go to the MFA Boston to see a work of Franz Kline. He loved the work from afar, but when he got closer, the image lost something for him. With that as inspiration for an aspiration to improve, Schoening set out to create pieces that speak as much from afar as they do up close. He uses processes-upon-processes (including but not limited to stenciling, silkscreening, and precise masking and measuring) to build upon and pack details into every nook and cranny of his works. Seeing them and experiencing them is a moment in itself.
Because New American Paintings is all about the visual, we thought it would be fitting to look at Schoening’s process through images themselves. - Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor