Mark Hagen

American, b. 1972

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Mark Hagen

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American, b. 1972

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Mark Hagen foregrounds the interplay of materials, process, and form in his geometric, minimalistic paintings, sculptures, and installations. He sees the process of art-making as a negotiation of opposites, in which control meets chance, the utilitarian meets the purely aesthetic, and historical references and materials merge with contemporary times. “In making my work I design systems and then use unstable materials that…allow random and irrational things to happen,” he explains. “These…systems are rational and reasonable…frameworks within which the amorphous and the impractical flourish, creating unstable perspectives.” In sculptures composed of modern, functional, metal armatures, for example, Hagen creates precariously balanced, fragile shapes, which he sometimes combines with hunks of rainbow obsidian, a material much more solid in appearance that evokes references to geological time and ancient civilizations.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 1 more
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Biography

Mark Hagen foregrounds the interplay of materials, process, and form in his geometric, minimalistic paintings, sculptures, and installations. He sees the process of art-making as a negotiation of opposites, in which control meets chance, the utilitarian meets the purely aesthetic, and historical references and materials merge with contemporary times. “In making my work I design systems and then use unstable materials that…allow random and irrational things to happen,” he explains. “These…systems are rational and reasonable…frameworks within which the amorphous and the impractical flourish, creating unstable perspectives.” In sculptures composed of modern, functional, metal armatures, for example, Hagen creates precariously balanced, fragile shapes, which he sometimes combines with hunks of rainbow obsidian, a material much more solid in appearance that evokes references to geological time and ancient civilizations.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Made in L.A.
Articles Featuring Mark Hagen
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