Mark X. Farina – Venice – 08/09/2012

Stepping into Mark X. Farina’s studio, off of bustling Lincoln Blvd., feels like you are stepping into another world.  Farina’s collections of quirky knick-knacks line the shotgun style studio.  In the front of Farina’s studio is a more open space for seating with gallery like walls.  Here is where his new works are presented, which are a cross between word art and what Farina referred to as “portraits” or “prose.” The stenciled words on colorful backdrops allow for a space of contemplation and reflection.  Farina mentioned that inspiration for his recent series came from looking at Ed Ruscha’s work, one of Farina’s longtime idols.  Farina started making these silkscreens a few years ago, but has been producing more of them over the past few months and many were included in the recent Hammer’s Venice Beach Biennial in mid-July .  Farina works in a variety of media including: video collage, sculpture, silk screening, painting, and DJ’ing.  Farina has also been an active mentor to high school age kids, starting first at Brentwood Art Center and currently working with one student-intern per year at his studio in Venice on various projects.  One of Farina’s previous mentees was recently accepted to RISD.  Farina is also a veteran volunteer for the Venice Family Art Walk and Auctions, the annual fundraiser for the Venice Family Clinic, where he works on the skateboard project with local artists to raise money for the free clinic.