This September, Mark Rediske debuts a collection of work that speaks to the sublime and its relationship to our human condition.
Rediske recalls a pivotal moment during his youth, when he was first introduced to the work of J.M.W. Turner. Amid his overcrowded school in St.Paul, Minnesota, where his peers would rather vandalize windows than look at picture books, young Rediske culled a source of inspiration that would be a gravitational center for his work for many years to come. His encounter with Turner's work was an epiphany of aesthetic beauty: of art and nature as transcendent, majestic, cogent and awe-inspiring.
This body of work is an amalgamation of Rediske's esteem for Turner, the influences of growing up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and panoramic vistas, and his current regards for the natural wonders and resplendent beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Rediske's process of repetition, accumulation, and negation yields a meditative, sensory experience rather than a concrete, discernible image. For all of the physical labor that has gone into treating each surface, Rediske leaves us with something intangible; nameless yet affirming of our own encounters with greatness beyond human comprehension.
Mark Rediske earned his MA in painting from St. Cloud State in Minnesota in 1985. He was selected by the Seattle Art Dealers Association (SADA) to be a part of the Century 21 exhibit at the Wright Exhibition Space in Seattle. Mark has been a featured artist with Foster/White Gallery since 1991. His work is a part of corporate, hospitality and private collections worldwide.