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10    THOUGHTS    06.06.2019    10:29 PM


Designers find it hard to just let the work “be” in the world, rather then “having” it in the world. The difference is by means of control, “having” is making the work tangible with a designers name to it but yet a designer can never truely “have” or “aquire” the work. The designer is just part of the process. What’s wrong with just letting the work “be” in the world, without control. Changed by the environment in which it lives in without guidance, letting it be a living organism in flux. This is just a running thought, there will be more to come. 

09    TEACHING    05.10.2018    3:14 PM


Two weeks before the 2017–2018 semester started, an email appeared in my inbox asking if I would lead a class of students through their first introductory class to graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Full disclosure, at the time I was 25 (the youngest professor teaching at the school) and graduated from that same school in 2015. My immediate response to the email was that I'm too young and shouldn't even be considered to lead a class of 18 or so students through a series of assignments about color, form, composition, history and gestalt with only a BFA in design. To make things even more interesting, these students are also the same age as me or a few years younger. I was a teaching assistant for a senior thesis class and a junior interactive class a few years prior but was I ready to lead the class on my own? Was I overthinking and being a little too existential about this whole thing? Looking back at it now, maybe, but I personally think these are perfectly appropriate, critical, questions to consider before stepping leading a class of students.

With skepticism and enthusiasm I decided to take the class on and couldn't have asked for a more wonderful group of students and school year.

DSD-2020-K
Introduction to Graphic Design
School of Visual Arts
Class website and project list are here.

Thank you to everyone in the class and please review the list of talented students for prospective design positions including David Choi, Minhee Han, Hansol Jang, Heewon Kim, Yanyun Liu, Geohang Luo, John Meng, Henry Qian, Justin Sager and Hyejin Song.

08    RESEARCH    05.04.2017    10:03AM


You may know Robert Filliou and Emmett Williams as key members of the Fluxus movement. Little do most know, they were also inventors of the Spaghetti Sandwich. The two were partners in crime on numerous experiments, performances, writings, paintings and much more. As close friends, they soon realized they loved working together and were starting to consciously build a body of work outside of their own personal work as Fluxus artists. This new territory and set collaborations soon became known as, "Co-Inventions". These experiments and inventions all together became such a wonderful exploration of observation and most importantly, humor.  

By titling this body of work as a set of co-inventions, rather than collaborations, it brings life into the world of process and experimentation with unexpected results. It creates a living and breathing body of work that is never finished. Isn't that not what every body of work should be? Ever evolving and changing just like the world it lives in?

However, the context didn't limit these two to the types of work they were producing. Whether it be a stage, exhibition space, school or even a dinner party. The notion of being uncomfortable, along with constant reinvention gave this work so much life. Not only was it about reinvention, but the two were producing and creating something out of nothing. It became careless and humorous which made these co-inventions so appealing to me. I myself have tried to explore the world of co-inventions with a fellow friend, Henry Nuhn. We called the project, HAPP, and got the idea after one of our professors at the time, Paul Sahre, found humor in trying explain why the word "Happy" was spelt with a "Y" and not and "E". We decided to drop the "Y" all together and leave it open for observation. As you can imagine, these soon became collaborations rather then inventions and did not become as successful as the original co-inventions. Not that we would ever want them to be.

08    RESEARCH    05.04.2017    10:03AM


You may know Robert Filliou and Emmett Williams as key members of the Fluxus movement. Little do most know, they were also inventors of the Spaghetti Sandwich. The two were partners in crime on numerous experiments, performances, writings, paintings and much more. As close friends, they soon realized they loved working together and were starting to consciously build a body of work outside of their own personal work as Fluxus artists. This new territory and set collaborations soon became known as, "Co-Inventions". These experiments and inventions all together became such a wonderful exploration of observation and most importantly, humor.  

By titling this body of work as a set of co-inventions, rather than collaborations, it brings life into the world of process and experimentation with unexpected results. It creates a living and breathing body of work that is never finished. Isn't that not what every body of work should be? Ever evolving and changing just like the world it lives in?

However, the context didn't limit these two to the types of work they were producing. Whether it be a stage, exhibition space, school or even a dinner party. The notion of being uncomfortable, along with constant reinvention gave this work so much life. Not only was it about reinvention, but the two were producing and creating something out of nothing. It became careless and humorous which made these co-inventions so appealing to me. I myself have tried to explore the world of co-inventions with a fellow friend, Henry Nuhn. We called the project, HAPP, and got the idea after one of our professors at the time, Paul Sahre, found humor in trying explain why the word "Happy" was spelt with a "Y" and not and "E". We decided to drop the "Y" all together and leave it open for observation. As you can imagine, these soon became collaborations rather then inventions and did not become as successful as the original co-inventions. Not that we would ever want them to be.


Mark

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12    TEACHING    06.06.2019    6:03 PM


A Basic Graphic Design Reader, 2019
Designed by the sophomore students of the SVA BFA Graphic design program. 


12    OBJECT    09.05.2018    3:14 PM



11    TEACHING    09.05.2018    3:14 PM


Workshop: Exquisite Corpse


10    OBJECT    09.05.2018    3:14 PM


R. Buckminster Fuller / Joseph Beuys ‎– Audio Arts Volume 2 Number 1

09    OBJECT    09.05.2018    3:14 PM


R. Buckminster Fuller / Joseph Beuys ‎– Audio Arts Volume 2 Number 1

08    ARCHIVE    06.05.2018    6:11 PM


XXXI Tote, 2017
XXXI is a mixed-use project space for designers to pursue self-initiated or non-commercial work.

In collaboration with XXIX.


08    ARCHIVE    06.05.2018    6:11 PM


Studio Museum in Harlem Brochure, 2014
Offset / Uncoated paper
5.5x8.5" folded

In collaboration with OCD.


08    ARCHIVE    06.05.2018    6:11 PM


Renda Morton, 2016
Material Design Speaker Series
Uncoated paper
24x36"

In collaboration with Google Design

08    ARCHIVE    05.10.2017    3:01 PM


Google Design: Year in Design, 2016
Adhered lettraset sheet w/ cardboard backing
6x9’’  

In collaboration with with Damien Correll and Chad Kloepfer


08    RESEARCH    05.04.2017    10:03AM



08    RESEARCH    05.04.2017    10:03AM


UNKNOWN ALBERS
Incredible unknown photo collages from color theorist Josef Albers. I unfortunatley missed the show last year at MoMa but you can still pick up the exhibition catalog for a full range of works. The New Yorker also had a great article on the collages, you can check it out here.
Mark