Currently on view at the Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York City are new paintings and sculpture by artist Mark Shetabi. For his second solo exhibition with the gallery, Shetabi was constructed subtle paintings in a muted palette, exploring ideas related live performance, public space, crowd manipulation and the energy that exists between the performer and audience. For his exhibition titled ARENA, the artist has closely examined the video documentation of an 1985 performance in Wembley Stadium featuring the band Queen. During this performance, Queen’s front man Freddy Mercury successfully built a wave a ecstatic emotion which took over the crowd and created a forceful spectacle.
From this point, the artist has created several scenes that are related to the moments direct before or during the performance. Oddly, the viewer is given the opportunity to view the magnitude of these moment through the static medium of painting.
Shetabi is a MFA graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and is a 2002 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts. The artist has completed solo exhibitions at the Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, Project Room in Brooklyn and with Ration 3 in San Francisco.