acrylic and ink on board
signed, titled and dated 2013 on the reverse
10 ins x 8 ins; 25.4 cms x 20.3 cms
Mark Stebbins' artwork can be described as a fusion between rigid, digital design and fluid, organic forms. Using acrylic paint and ink he creates a glitch-like aesthetic akin to photo or digital collage, coupled with a touch of the artist’s hand in paint. It is important that Stebbins' work is created on small surfaces, as the digital quality of his images convey the notion of mass information and data stored within tiny complex systems of technology. However, despite the instinct that Stebbins’ work is critical of modern systems of information, it has been interpreted as a form of recognition, or celebration of the matter. It has been described as the following, “Stebbins suggests that glitch can be celebrated as a reclamation of error. In glitch there is also hope: a hope that in failure, something new and beautiful will emerge.” This quality sets him apart from the many artist-critics of the contemporary moment, and establishes him as an artist deeply engaged with his surroundings and practice. Additionally, his work is visually interesting as it shifts the viewer between spaces of the digital and the refined.
Stebbins has shown at various solo and group exhibitions in Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia, and is the recipient of numerous awards including an Honorable Mention at the 2010 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. He is represented in public and private Canadian and international collections including the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa) and the Royal Bank of Canada (Toronto). Stebbins currently lives and works in Toronto.
Bigue Art Contemporain. “Marc Stebbins: About the Artist”. URL: http://www.galeriebac.com/contemporary/mark-stebbins/
Private Collection, Toronto