This is the online portfolio of Mark Reid, a new media artist based in Melbourne, Australia.
“I think it is a mistake to characterise Mark Reid’s work as yet another study of the aesthetics of decay. Perversely, the search for visual pleasure in art is now a marginal practice. As Susan Sontag so clearly articulates, the ‘interesting’ has supplanted the beautiful in contemporary art1. This can be placed alongside other failures of judgement that have fallen victim to the tyranny of relativism that has left us completely unsure of what pleases us and why. To paraphrase Sontag, interesting has become a catchall that excuses us from knowing our mind. Mark’s work has no didactic, no explanation: one is asked simply to judge our experience of the work on our experience of the work. Like capital ‘P’ photography, this is a practice that continues to engage with observation and the lush naturalism afforded by contemporary imaging technologies. The suffusion of detail and the tension in his work between presence and absence offers us a transcendent experience. As in the best of landscape art, we look out to see in.”
- Dominic Redfern
1. AN ARGUMENT ABOUT BEAUTY: SUSAN SONTAG: DAEDALUS, VOL. 131, NO. 4, ON BEAUTY (FALL, 2002), PP. 21-26 PUBLISHED BY: THE MIT PRESS ON BEHALF OF AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCES