Mark Zirpel< Double Wing, 2006
kilnformed and sandblasted glass, 19.125 x 62.125 x .25 inches
Photo: M. Endo
Portland, OR – Bullseye Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Mark Zirpel. Queries in Glass will be on view January 5 through March 26, 2010.
“My work often explores a convergence between art and science;” explains Zirpel, “both fields aspire to discovery.” Inquiry is the defining methodology of Zirpel's multi-disciplinary studio practice. "Questions give rise to answers that trigger questions." This circuitous process has resulted in multimedia exhibitions that often include programmable microcontrollers, glass casting, thermo sensors, kinetic sculpture, and blown glass. "I devise specific intent that guides my activity," he continues, "My work is multidisciplinary...context driven... and conceptually insistent." Queries in Glass encompasses the breadth of Zirpel's practice and follows the intersecting and divergent paths of his interests.
Mark Zirpel received a BFA in Drawing from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and a MFA in Printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute. In 2006 he was awarded the Stephen Proctor Fellowship from Australian National University in Canberra. More recently he was a Tiffany Foundation Grant Nominee and has been a visiting artist at numerous institutions, including Ohio State University and Rochester Institute of Technology. Zirpel’s work can been found in the permanent collections of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in Alaska, the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington, and the Progressive Collection in Cleveland, Ohio.
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