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Biography: Mark Diamond has been telling stories with pictures since the age of five, and professionally as a photojournalist for Time Magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, and others since his teens. In 1975, Diamond opened the first 3-D laser Hologram Gallery, Studio and Laser laboratory in the Southeast United States. As a founding member and exhibitor at the Museum of Holography in New York, Diamond is considered a pioneer in bridging the techno-aesthetic gap in exploring creative applications of Laser Holography. As a film maker and videographer, Mark has been applying multi-various image making disciplines in innovative ways. As an educator Diamond constantly shares a vast array of leading edge techniques with artists and young people in order to expand the vocabulary of visual communications for all.
Show highlights: Opening of Museum of Holography 11 Mercer Street, NYC
Futuroscope, Poitiers, France,
100+ ZDegrees In The Shade Miami , Swampspace 2.0
Do you make a career out of or hope to make a career out of art, or is it a sideline for you?
It’s my life and a calling not a career
What is it about your work that makes it speak to people or to the community at large?
The work evokes a sense of wonder and kickstarts peoples latent appreciation for the awesome nature of 3D vision
How do you let people know about your work and your shows?
Mainly the work has been responsible for generating more work . I try to utilize unconventional display spacesin addition to galleries , as many people who have bought my art have said they have never collected art before . This leads me to believe that more people that normally do not go to galleries and museums are ripe for an experience where they least expect it
What do you feel inspires you to make art in the particular medium you have chosen?
I work in several 3D and 2D media. The 3D mediums are compelling in their results but also demanding and challenging to create . I enjoy the process as it’s very compromised and getting any acceptable results is always inspiring.
Inertia? Seriously, I am helping to make Miami art great again . I use every opportunity to expand the awareness of those I meet and get to share my work with. The benefits of my practice need to be experienced as neither 2D images or words are adequate.
Do you have a favorite artist from the past or present?
Probably Dali. He had a penchant for exploring 3D media at every turn. He also had an old world photoreal mastery of his main medium. Modern artist Mat Collishaw he has integrated sculpture, and animation in a novel and compelling ways.
If someone wanted to get into being an artist, what would be your first suggestion to them?
I would quote John Baldesari there’s 3 things
1. Talent is cheap
2. You need to be possessed and you can not will that
3. You have to be in the right place at the right time
Testimonial: I appreciate all the opportunities Life Is Art has opened up for me to exhibit in various events. It’s always been positive.
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