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Previous Exhibits

October 10–November 22, 2009
Mark Schatz: Earth Below Us

Mark Schatz
A Map Drawn from
Memory, Torn to Pieces
and Thrown into the Sea
(detail), 2009 Mixed
media installation,
dimensions variable

Sculptor Mark Schatz turns the world upside down in his site-specific sculptural installation addressing the potential effects of global warming.

Schatz installation at GAC
Using materials accumulated or discarded in domestic environments (cardboard, scrap wood and Styrofoam), and scale-modeling methods used by hobbyists, Schatz fabricates worlds that are both obsessively meticulous and improvisational. “Inspired in part by the devastating impact of economic or natural disasters, as well as the reinvention and rediscovery that can follow in their wake,” writes Schatz “it is not always clear whether these unstable landscapes are growing, slipping into gradual decay, or both.”

Schatz installation at GAC

A native of Michigan, Schatz received a BFA in sculpture in 1998 from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and an MFA in from The University of Texas at Austin in 2005. He currently lives in Houston and teaches at The Glassell School of Art at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and San Jacinto College. His work has most recently been featured in exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, and College of the Mainland, Texas City.