Mark Lesser’s “Reclaimed Abstractions” Can Be Seen at Hangar Gallery

Mark Lesser’s paintings have been exhibited around the United States and can be seen now at the Hangar Gallery in Miami. If you missed the opening during Art Basel, you still have time to see his new and courageous exhibit, “Reclaimed Abstractions”.  Mark has become relentless, by slicing up previous works in oil to deliver an unorthodox experience. This fresh work is an integration of memories, experiences, and tones, color, plus movement.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Don’t miss this exhibit, which continues through the end of December!

 

 MARK LESSER

 

“Reclaimed Abstractions”

 

The Hangar Gallery

 

2235 NW 2nd Avenue

Wynwood, Miami  FL  33127

 

 

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In his most recent work, titled, “Reclaimed Abstractions” Mark became relentless and sliced up previous works in oil to deliver a fresh experience. This unorthodox work is an integration of memories, experiences, and tones, color, and movement. Mark says, ” it was risky and challenging to cut up work that I once labored over”. In Reclaimed Abstraction #1, Mark created an Oceanside feeling of tranquility, calm and soft tones. This piece captures Mark’s recent move to Ocean Ridge beach. Pieces of this painting once represented a Tennessee sunset, as Mark drove over a bridge shooting the sky through his sunroof. Another painting, Reclaimed Abstraction #2, one gets the feeling of taking route 66 from “Chicago to LA”, as Mark has done many times. A review of the painting reminds one of the American countryside, beautiful skies, old leather, wood, and layers of paint on a weathered sign.

 

 

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“Reclaimed Abstractions6” by Mark Lesser

 

 

Growing up in Chicago, Lesser acknowledged the artistic gift his grandfather passed along to him. His grandfather, a Russian immigrant, was a tailor, poet and artist who painted beautiful ornate images using everyday stencils, such as those found on tomato cartons. Inspired by his grandfather’s work at an early age, Mark focused on challenging his images through the tensions of abstract color fields and spontaneous expression seeking to maintain a connection with realistic references infused with an emotional process.

 

 

 

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“Reclaimed Abstractions1” by Mark Lesser

 

 

Mark’s journey began in the late eighties, when he ventured to New York City working the night shift on the set of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and exploring art galleries by day. New York City, a jumping off point for Mark, was where he discovered himself an artist and began painting for what would be his first solo art show years later.

 

 

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“Reclaimed Abstractions2” by Mark Lesser

 

 

Later, Mark relocated to LA where he raised his daughter, Taylor.  His travels were the focal points for his first collection, which appeared at the Warehouse Gallery and Santa Monica Fine Arts Studio in southern California. Then in a 2001 exhibit at the newly opened Fiorucci store in New York, Mark showed paintings which inspired a line of women’s scarves from his images.

 

 

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Upon moving from Los Angeles to Dallas in 2006, Lesser found inspiration for his new paintings from a very fast paced experience of driving by his new surroundings in Dallas. He used his cell phone camera to capture images– not stopping but speeding by the terrain. The experiences are brief and intense capturing the motion of “going fast.” Using these images, Lesser combined them with his spontaneity of color and composition, allowing the motion to exist in still yet another dimension of “being still,” in a meditative manner.

 

 

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“Reclaimed Abstractions4” by Mark Lesser

From these works, the Haley Henman Gallery opened their doors with Lesser’s first solo show, “Going Fast Being Still” in 2007.  Lesser then continued to travel, slowing down slightly, as he’s collected photos of landscapes and oceanscapes of all types. These snapshot-like images have appeared in smaller works which appeared in the Haley Henman Gallery until 2012, when he moved to Florida.

 

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“Reclaimed Abstractions 5” by Mark Lesser

In 2013, his paintings built upon a body of work that sought to infuse an emotional process of luminous fields of color. He built the fields with thin, transparent floods of color over color following the school of color field abstractionists, especially inspired by Helen Frankenthaler, and Mark Rothko.

 

 

 

The Hangar Gallery

 

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For more information about Mark Lesser’s artistry please email:  mlesser64@gmail.com

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http://www.linkedin.com/in/drmarklesser

 

 

 

 

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