Mark Hosford was born in 1974 and grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. In 1993 he received a BFA in from the University of Kansas and an MFA in 2001 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Hosford's prints, drawings, and animations are amalgamations of many different obsessions and fascinations. Raised in the visual language of skateboarding, comics, punk, heavy metal, and animation, he allows the aesthetics of his past to be incorporated into my current ideas and processes.
Memory and perception are elusive and ever evolving. Multiple people can see or experience the same thing and interpret it in completely different ways. We all see the world through our own unique filters which is informed equally by our conscious and unconscious thoughts, formed in part by our past experiences. Our past becomes history, and history always changes as we forget some details, constantly recreating the missing pieces.
In order to freeze my current conscious and unconscious states of mind, I have taken the ten original Rorschach inkblot tests used in psychoanalysis, to record what my mind produces when first looking at them. I started by scanning black and white Rorschach ink blot reproductions from a book on psychoanalysis. I then printed the reproduction in a light grey ink using an archival inkjet printer, using that shape as a guide for my drawing to evolve. I tried to be as accurate as possible to my first impulse as I took in the shape. I then rendered my mind’s image in pencil as accurately as possible, trying to make that hazy vision a solid reality. After finishing the original ten Rorschach inkblots, I began to make my own, drawing what I as into those as well.
2001 MFA, Printmaking, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
1998 BFA, Printmaking, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Selected recent exhibitions
• SGCI Traveling Exhibition, SGCI Conference, New Orleans, LA
• Taylor Bercier Fine Art, New Orleans, LA
• Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
• Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
• Metamorphoses, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
• Winter’s Ink, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS
• Atlanta Print Biennial, Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA
• Sixteenth Annual Los Angeles Art Show, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
• (Un)Conscious Reasoning, Greiner Art Gallery, Hanover College, Hanover, IN
• Marais Press: Conjuguer etudes et editions d’artistes, APRIM, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
• Peer 2 Peer / Cheek 2 Cheek, DC Cherry Blast, National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.; DC Digital Capital Week: 10 days of Creative Technology, Blagden
Alley, Washington, D.C.
• Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute University, Jingdezhen, China
• May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, NYC
• The Estonian National Museum of Art in Tallinn, Estonia
• Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
• McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
• Academy of Fine Arts, Poznan, Poland
• Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
• Buck Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
• Amity Art Foundation, Woodbridge, CT
• Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX
• UNI Gallery of Art, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
• Southern Graphics Council Archive, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
• Monmouth University, Long Branch, NJ
• Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN