March 5th - March 25, 2023

Mark Flood: A Guide for Nude Investors



MARK FLOOD – A GUIDE FOR NUDE INVESTORS retraces ten years of the artist’s sputtering attempts to incorporate digital printing into his art. Flood experienced a spasm of envy at Wade Guyton’s retrospective at the Whitney, in 2012. Guyton’s stuttering glitches on canvas inspired him to devise his own defective printed paintings, incorporating various dank technical novelties. A decade later, our exhibit brings together a large survey of these paintings. These have never been shown in Houston. Memes - Flood’s first foray into printed paintings involved printing out internet memes stolen from the net: Courage Wolf, Foul Bachelor Frog, and Vengeance Dad. The big technical problem at first was turning classic low-res memes into high-res art on canvas. Also puzzling was the question of what, if anything, to add to these anonymous masterpieces. The Heath Series - These printed paintings juxtapose assorted internet images, creating digital collages of our mediated world. The series is named for Heath Flagvedt who provided the tech support for their creation. Virtue Signals- These pieces began by printing on canvas selected viral internet images. These were then overpainted. Flood employed various strategies to see what he could add to pictures that were already quite compelling. The Cat Paintings- These paintings are souvenirs of the Insider Art Fair Flood staged in Chelsea. The famous meme of a mean feline driving was printed out with a word balloon added. During the course of the Fair, Flood filled in the blanks with various reflections on the art world. Google Paintings - Flood works that subject familiar corporate logos to a rapid stylistic evolution are legendary. Our exhibit features a suite of Google logos pushed to various bizarre extremes. Dominos - These designs were side-effects of the processes used by Flood to evolve corporate logos. Their resemblance to abstractions of the Modern era, which we all adore more than our own parents, delighted the artist. But he couldn’t decide if they should be online art or decorations for rich people’s homes. Eventually, he made them both ways; releasing a series of NFTs, each of which had an identical twin painted on canvas. The digital versions went up on SuperRare; hard copies were first exhibited at Evergold Projects in Silicon Valley.