Saturday, March 14, 2015

Zots, Piglets, and Popparodapi, Oh My! New Tabletop Stabiles Are Here!

popparodapus stabile by mark leary
Zots, piglets, and popparodapi, oh my! 

My latest set of tabletop stabiles is ready to journey east.

As you'll see below, I had fun experimenting with a number of new techniques and styles. 

piglet features my first layered / horizontal blades, crumb has a cool vertical pivot point, zots defies my understanding of balance, and popparodapus ... well, he speaks for himself (and he may bite, too; so don't get too close). 

 This troupe of hooligans are slated to hit the road to Acme Mid-Century + Modern early next week.

If you're in the Alexandria area, I invite you to swing on by, say hi to Pierre, and see these swirly whirls in person.

And, remember, as the great American author, Jack London, once said, "You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club."

green flush reed (9"x10.5")
arból solitario (12"x9")


crumb (16.5x8")

piglet (7.5"x14")

green stripe (8.5"x12")
popparodapus (9"x11")
tree in the window (10"x12")
zots (8.5"x10")

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mark Leary Bike-Inspired Mobile Series

the amazing ah-may (25"x19")

Sneak Peek: A new set of all-original bike-inspired mobiles is headed to Acme Mid-Century + Modern this week...

See, ever since I got my first set of clipless mallet mountain bike pedals many, many years ago, I've loved the crankbrothers' logo:

Simple, graphic, to the point. Three parts. Chain, front rings, and rear cassette: the power factory of any bike. Boom.

In fact, I liked it so much that it inspired one of my favorite shapes to use in my hanging mobile designs:

This scrappy chap has shown up as a player in my three-by-3 series, as well as such mobiles as one of these things, the juggler, and - yes - even the dreaded poison zook!

But, now it's time for this oblong-y charmer to take center stage in my latest suite of signed mobiles headed from Bend, OR, to Acme Mid-Century + Modern in Alexandria, VA

Vibrant and retro, each mobile is a subtle homage to the spirit of the pedals that have kept me rolling on the singletrack trails of Oregon - from my original mallets to my candys to my PDX get-arounder's eggbeaters ... including a very special design commemorating a certain someone's "epic" ride up Mrazek with a busted-to-heck bike, chain-grease calves, and a little blood for good measure. Inspirational!

Coming (very) Soon: Keep your eyes open. It not only keeps you from running into things, it'll help you see a new selection of all-original tabletop mobiles that are headed to Acme next week. 

whoops (16"x19")
rollinblue (26"x17")
retread three (15"x21")
pinchflat (15"x24")
bonk (16"x19")

Mark Leary Mobiles @ Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

straightline curve - stabile by mark leary

I'm very excited to share that a selection of my mobiles and tabletop stabiles will be spinning soon at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO.

Designed by one of the country's most respected modernist architects, Gunnar Birkerts, the museum's main building is, well, it's a work of art in itself.

The museum is incredibly unique on a number of fronts - not the least of which is that it has three locations spread throughout Kansas City to open up art and art education to the masses.

In addition to a suite of my most modern hanging mobile designs, the super cool folks at the Kemper Museum Shop challenged me to develop really graphic, streamlined bases for the stabiles they'd selected.

I had a blast re-imagining and replacing my typically very organic bases with much more linear interpretations. A couple examples are attached below (to see them all, you'll have to visit the Museum Shop yourself).

It's so neat to be able to collaborate with those who use art to inform and inspire. Thank you to Raina and Craig.

If you're in the Kansas City area, please be sure to drop in to the Museum Shop (located in the main building at 4420 Warwick Boulevard) and say hello.

squarebird (5.5"x7")
straightline curve (5"x9")

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Mark Leary Tabletop Mobiles @ Acme Mid-Century + Modern

sproing - tabletop mobile by mark leary
Just in time for the holidays, I've created another series of all-original tabletop mobiles (stabiles) for the folks over at Acme Mid-Century + Modern in Alexandria, VA.

These signed and dated one-of-a-kind spinners are apparently a hit in Pierre's incomparably cool shop ... so, if you're in the area this weekend and are looking for something fun and different, you can't go wrong by stopping in.

Thanks to all the many, many people - far and wide - who commissioned, bought, gifted, challenged, encouraged, and helped me make this a most fantastic year of mobiling.

You are all - each and every single one individually - such an inspiration to me!

Here's to a fabulous rest of the year and the best ever to come in 2015.

robin (5.5x7")

twizzle (8"x6.5")

archimedes (6.25"x6")

eclipse (10"x10")

tangled (8"x7.5")

envy (8"x10.5")

floop (5.75"x7")

murakami (8"x7")

k.i.s.s. (4.5"x8")

sproing - back (7"x7")

sproing - front (7"x7")

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Tabletop Stabiles by Mark Leary

o-poppy - stabile by mark leary
o-poppy stabile by mark leary

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Just in time for the holidays (and Black Friday / Small Business Saturday) I've just finished a set of 10 tabletop stabiles. They're all headed to Acme Mid-Century + Modern in Alexandria, VA.

These one-of-a-kind lil' spinners don't take up much space and offer a cool way to add some artful move into your daily groove. Uh, yes, I just said that.

I had a bunch of fun creating the very minimalistic and organic-inspired bases for each of these mobiles. 

Primarily, the relationship between the bases and the mobile itself works on counterbalance and thus don't seem like they should support the movement of the blades - but they do. 

From Calder forward, I've not seen other similar designs - usually they're much more "substantive" in appearance. I am excited to keep playing with this more minimalistic approach and see where it evolves. 

Stop in to Acme or contact Pierre to reserve your original stabile before they sell out.

Have an awesome holiday!

blue skål - stabile by mark leary
blue skål (13.5"x12")

el squig - stabile by mark leary
el squig (7"x15.5")

seethroughyou - stabile by mark leary
seethroughyou (8.75"x13.25)

o-poppy - stabile by mark leary
o-poppy (9.25"x9")

one2three - stabile by mark leary
one2three (10"x14.5")

orange blurbott - stabile by mark leary
orange blurbott (11.25"x11.25")

quack - stabile by mark leary
quack (6"x10.5")

red squonk - stabile by mark leary
red squonk (8"x12")

smallbut - stabile by mark leary
smallbut (4.5"x9.5')

tendril - stabile by mark leary
tendril (5.25"x9")

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Working With Target House: An Honor & A Privilege
I'm honored that 50 of my mobiles will be spinning at Target House in Memphis, TN.

More than 70 years ago, a young man found himself in a tough spot. With a new wife and an infant child, he was at a crossroads. And he needed help.

So, he did what many of us would never think to do: He hit up St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes, with a request. And he brought with him a bold promise.

He exclaimed: “Help me find my way in life, and I will build you a shrine.”

As the story goes, the young man’s life took a turn … for the better.

In fact, he became an internationally-known star of radio, film and TV as well as a respected producer of a number of the most popular television series of the 50s and 60s.

You could say that life was good. Very good.

And, you could also say this man knew how to keep a promise.

In 1962, Danny Thomas opened St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

With the belief that “no child should die in the dawn of life,” his shrine was built. Ever since, St. Jude has been fulfilling its mission to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through leading-edge research and groundbreaking treatment.

If you’re familiar with the work that St. Jude does, you know there is no other place like it on earth. Over the past 52 years, St. Jude doctors and researchers have pioneered treatments that have helped push the overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20% to 80% today. That is amazing!

I am very proud to share that my younger brother and sister-in-law have both served as doctors and researchers at St. Jude. So, I am intimately aware of the Good that is made here.

In addition to their obvious contributions to medicine, St. Jude is exceptional in a number of other less-apparent ways; not the least of which is that it never denies treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

That’s right: Families NEVER receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because St. Jude believes the only thing a family should worry about is helping their child. Period.

As part of this commitment, St. Jude works with the community to provide free housing options to its patients and families. Target House is just such a place.

Funded by Target and its vendor and celebrity partner contributions, Target House I and Target House II provide up to 98 families with a long-term home-away-from-home while undergoing treatments that will last more than 90 days.

More than just a place to stay, Target House is a place where “children and their families can rest and heal, to gather and find ongoing support.” More than 1300 families have benefited from this remarkable place.
Now, I’m pleased (and supremely honored) to be a very small part of the St. Jude and Target mission to bring light into the lives of families facing such incredible challenges.

In collaboration with Business Interiors by Staples and Hanging Mobile Gallery, I was asked to create a series of mobiles for the 2014-2015 Target House I renovation-redecoration project. Target House I offers 50 two-bedroom apartment suites and several common areas, including the Tiger Woods Library, the Amy Grant Music Room, the Sergei Grinkov Garden, and a PGA Tour Wives Association-sponsored playground.

An updated version of my mobile, camo-a-go-go, will be spinning in each of the 50 apartments of Target House I (more pictures to come). As a small way to give back, I will be donating 25% of all sales of this mobile to St. Jude for life.

I’m happy and humbled to imagine my mobiles bringing a little wonder and whimsy into the lives of so many who need it most. Find out how you can help St. Jude's, too.

Thank you to Peggy Caldwell at Business Interiors by Staples, Kathryn Richards at Hanging Mobile Gallery, and all the men and women – volunteers, doctors, researchers, and staff – who give their best to make St. Jude what is has become today. It’s truly awe inspiring. 

Getting ready to ship
The unpainted prototype for the new design
The first set of 25 mobiles during the drying process

Monday, November 3, 2014

Now Spinning @ Acme Mid-Century + Modern

Mark Leary Mobiles @ Acme Mid-Century + Modern
Mark Leary Mobiles Now Spinning @ Acme Mid-Century + Modern in Alexandria, VA
candy (30"x24")
New Series of Mark Leary Mobiles in Alexandria, VA

I’m super excited to share that - starting this week - a v-e-r-y special series of my mobiles will be spinning at Acme Mid-Century + Modern in Alexandria, Virginia.

When Pierre, the good-hearted (and witty) proprietor of Acme, asked if I could create a one-of-a-kind series of signed mobiles for his store, I jumped (literally) at the opportunity...

...especially after I took a look at the ridiculously cool collection of mid-century through modern furniture and art he has assembled in his Old Town location. 

Side note: I would live in his store if I could! I’m *not* kidding … it really is *that* awesome.

arrowhead (19"x16")
Together, we collaborated on a set of 7 totally original mobiles in a rad palette that ranges the Molotow Belton spectrum from petrol to alga, burgundy to tar black, and deep Prussian blue to shock orange.

Beyond the chill colors, however, I’m really jazzed about the designs. With that optimal pop of organic + clean lines, they promise a sharp + snazzy complement to any aesthetic.

There are a couple mobiles in the series – I’m not saying which ones (shhhh: petrolflash and candy) - which were calling out “Keep Me, KEEP ME!" and I almost did. I'm happy to report all seven are speeding on their way from my studio here in Bend, OR, to Virginia - including tableaf, my first commercial foray in table-top stabiles. 

So, if you’re in the Alexandria area, I invite you to stop in to see Pierre’s Perfect Lil’ Palace of Mid-Century to Modern Picks and Prizes. Located only a block from the (in)famous Market Square, Acme can be found smack center in the heart of Old Town dining and shopping BLISS. 

If you’re not in VA, head on over to the Acme Mid-Century + Modern website or Facebook page to learn more.
And, since this series will NOT be reproduced and is the first set of mobiles I’ve ever signed (yes, EVER), if you want to score your very own original, I highly encourage you to make a beeline to the store or contact Pierre ASAP.

Thanks again to Pierre for this fun and inspiring collaboration – hopefully the first of many series to come between us.
petrolflash (23"x31")

nautilus (22"x19")
tableaf (9"x12")
blackgrayblue giraffe (16"x17")

gemini (22"x21")