Mark Van Yetter
Bridget Donahue, New York (FR13)
Mark Van Yetter depicts anecdotes and narratives that subvert classic motifs and genres of painting. In his works, Van Yetter uses the formal vocabulary of antiquated academia, but inflects them with naivety and myriad nuances.The new works for Frame follow on from the artist’s most recent oil paintings of close, cropped still lives. Continuing his juxtapositions of bizarre, ominous subject-matter with the mundane, his paintings are in conversation with elaborate linocut pattern designs, which act as flat backdrops. The patterns reference art historical styles and canons, from Jugendstil to Islamic art, allowing the painted subject to transcend linear interpretation, and providing a dialogue between contemporary painting and an array of epochs and traditions.
Mark Van Yetter (b. 1978) lives and works in the Poconos, Pennsylvania. Van Yetter co-founded the exhibition space Marquise Dance Hall in 2007-2015, which started as a book and record store in New York. Van Yetter has held numerous two-person and solo exhibitions, at venues including: Bridget Donahue (New York); Micky Schubert (Berlin); and Kunsthall Stavanger (Stavanger); VI, VII (Oslo); Cleopatra’s (Brooklyn); Alex Zachary (New York) and HOTEL (London).