Mark Hooper

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Portland, Oregon-based photographer Mark Hooper is currently exhibiting ten large-scale color photographs for the exhibition Here:There at Quality Pictures in Portland. The artist was included in the 2006 Oregon Biennial, held at the Portland Art Museum, for his acclaimed series “Lewis and Clark, Quantifying Nature,” and has worked commercially for such advertising titans as Nike, Microsoft, and Miller Brewing. He has been published in several periodicals, including Esquire, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair.

The exhibition at Quality Pictures contains ten 48″ x 60″ photographs that comment on the ideas of change and it’s affect on man’s physicality, psychology, and spirituality. Hooper photographs abandoned architectural spaces, vacant parking lots, nature, and any site he feels evokes an awareness of entropy. He occasionally adds props, such as an upturned chair or a pile of rope ascending vertically out of the frame. Through expert lighting and careful staging, the artist creates meditative images that have a sense of desolation. The artist often includes a solitary figure, thus referencing the passage of time and mortality. Also at Quality Pictures is Interspace, a video installation by Laura Fritz. Both exhibitions will be on view until April 26th.

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