Mark Rice (b. 1980, Carbondale, IL; lives in Philadelphia, PA) received his BFA from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2003 and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. He holds an adjunct position at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia and was recently a visiting artist at Princeton University. He has exhibited in many galleries across the U.S. including several shows at the International Print Center New York and at C.R. Ettinger Studio, Philadelphia. Rice is an artist-in-residence in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art Futures program, working collaboratively with high school students and received a grant to work with the Center for Creative Works, an artist workshop for adults with developmental disabilities.
Statement from the Artist:
Through my artwork, I tell stories. Firmly fixed in drawing, printmaking and sculpture, these narratives touch on lighthearted subjects such as science-fiction, advertising, nostalgia, and the creative process in an attempt to discuss more ubiquitous experiences like stress, self-doubt, longing and loss. This series, entitled “The Exit and the Outlet,” describes a world in which the Internet has become sentient. After rejecting its creators, the Internet gives all of humanity exactly one year to remove its entire digital archive of history and culture from its servers, reimagining (or returning) this information to a physical form. Computer files and digital archives must be returned to the analog form of books, paintings, prints, LP records, etc.