Mark Kessell

  • <em>Between Two Darknesses,</em> archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle acid-free 100% cotton rag, 2007 Between Two Darknesses, archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle acid-free 100% cotton rag, 2007
  • <em>A Slight Delay In The March of Entropy,</em> archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle acid-free 100% cotton rag, 2007 A Slight Delay In The March of Entropy, archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle acid-free 100% cotton rag, 2007
  • <em>The Preferred Means Of Acquiring Knowledge,</em> archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle acid-free 100% cotton rag, 2007 The Preferred Means Of Acquiring Knowledge, archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle acid-free 100% cotton rag, 2007
     


Artist Biography

Originally trained as medical doctor in his native Australia, Mark Kessell is now based in New York where he has been a professional artist since graduating from SVA in 2000. While still a student, he became interested in the daguerreotype, one of the earliest photographic techniques, to express ideas about identity. Since then, his work has incorporated installation, animation and sound in addition to photography.

Most of his work has a biological or scientific focus and explores various aspects of what it means to be human. Kessell has created series about the development of personality, the lifecycle of the human species, the moment of birth and our biological and emotional relationship to other animals. His work has been exhibited and acquired by museums, institutions and galleries across the U.S. and Europe, and he has been featured in the documentary feature film, Artists and Alchemists, The New York Times and several books. Mark Kessell’s images have been used in movie posters, magazines and newspapers. He has written essays for a variety of books exploring the intersection of art, science and creativity.

Some of the museums and institutions which have purchased or exhibited work by Mark Kessell include the International Center of Photography; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum; Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego and the New York Academy of Sciences.