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!

I've just finished a set of 10 tabletop stabiles. They're all headed to Acme Mid-Century + Modern in Alexandria, VA.

Signed and dated, these fun 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.

Stop in to Acme or contact Pierre to reserve yours 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")

Monday, July 21, 2014

Now Spinning @ University of Michigan Museum of Art

University of Michigan Museum of Art

I'm proud to announce my mobiles have found a fabulous new home at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in the dynamic heart of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The museum houses an impressive 18,000+ artworks from around the world — representing more than 150 years of collecting. Yet, it's their innovative mission that I find particularly exciting. 

UMMA is actively working to reimagine the university art museum as a “'town square' for the 21st century" and are dedicated to creating spaces that "place the arts at the center of public life" rather than having art be something you visit and simply look at:

"Whether you’re here for a moment of quiet contemplation, a lively debate about the meaning of art, a performance, class, or event, or just a little down time, we hope you’ll make UMMA a habit."

Make art a habit! How cool is that?! 

Interactive, engaging, addicting and a place to relax amongst the creative expressions of peoples from near and far, now and long ago. Pretty neat and inspirational indeed! Well done. Well done!

So, if you're in Ann Arbor, I encourage you to stop in and treat yourself to the experience that is the University of Michigan Museum of Art (and check out my five-part mobile series in the museum store while they last, too). 

I promise you're in for a big surprise and new way of thinking about and enjoying the museum experience.

Bubblicious in Red
bubblicious in red
Black Beauty
black beauty
Am I Blue
am i blue
The Original Three-x-3
the original three x 3

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mark Leary's Kandinsky-Inspired Mobile Series @ The Milwaukee Museum of Art

 Squircles and Squares with Concentric Circles

I’m honored (and excited) to announce the Milwaukee Museum of Art invited me to create a series of “inspired by” mobiles to celebrate its upcoming Kandinsky retrospective.

Running from June 5 to September 1, the exhibition is a grand tour of Wassily Kandinsky’s lifetime of creativity — showcasing over 130 of his finest pieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley Collection at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Spanning his time in Der Blaue Reiter, Russia, and the Bauhaus, the works I chose to explore range from oil to watercolor to color lithographs:

Simple (Einfach), 1916
Small Worlds II (Kleine Welten II), 1922
Violet (Violett), 1923
Thirteen Rectangles (13 Rechtecke), 1930
Fragment I for Composition VII (Center), 1913
Squares with Concentric Circles, 1913

As you can see in the images below, the depth, dimension, and extraordinary movement found in each of the originals is truly exceptional … naturally inviting a 3D interpretation.

After sitting with each piece of artwork, the mobile designs seemed to emerge one by one from the images … as if they’d been there all along.

Then, using a variety of subtle (and not-so-subtle in the case of Squircles) painting techniques, I was able to transform the flat surfaces of the mobile blades into textured layers reading more like paper or canvas than metal (can't really see this nuance in the small-ish attached images).

If you are in the Milwaukee area this summer, I highly encourage you to check out the exhibition and experience Kandinsky’s genius for yourself. And, if you do, be sure to visit the outstanding Museum Store to see my mobiles for yourself (before they’re gone, of course).

Thanks again to the MAM for this amazing opportunity to celebrate such an important and inspiring artist.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Come To The Bpositiv 10 Charity Art Auction In Bend, OR
Bpositiv 10
When: Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Time: 4pm - 11pm
Where: McMenamins in Bend

It's that time of year again...

The 10th Annual Bpositiv Charity Art Auction kicks off on January 25th at McMenamins in downtown Bend, OR

Artists from all over Central Oregon and beyond have donated their artwork to help this important cause. I've shared a new mobile created just for the auction as well, "Up." I neglected to take a picture of it before it hit the auction highway, so you'll just have to trust me.

Now, it's YOUR turn to show up and bid generously on the fantastic art.

Last year's auction raised nearly $12,000 - all of the net proceeds going directly to help Oregon families who have received a terminal cancer prognosis for their child. Through their commitment and hard work, Bpositiv also offers financial support for "end of life" services and other "needs" to families facing these circumstances and need. 

If you're anywhere in or near Bend on Saturday night, please drop in to McMenamins, have a beer, and donate/buy. The event is free to attend and open to all ages.

Please take a moment to learn more about and its history: 

Bpositiv 10
When: Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Time: 4pm - 11pm
Where: McMenamins in Bend

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Snow Wild: An Art Exhibit of Wilderness and Imagination
Snow Wild: An Art Exhibit of Wilderness and Imagination
5-9 PM on 12.6.13 @ TBD Advertising (1000 NW Wall St #201 - above Patagonia)
When Matt Ebbing, Art Director at TBD Advertising, pinged me via email to see if I had any mobiles that would play well in his upcoming First Friday Artwalk show here in Bend, my first thought was, "Uh, er, um, not really."

See, Matt conceived the show, Snow Wild, to "instigate a dialogue within our community about the intangible, inspiring ethos of raw wilderness as it collides with creativity and imagination."

Maybe it's just me, but painted metal mobiles don't scream "raw wilderness." And, I actually try my best to keep my mobiles from colliding with anything.

But, I was taken with the spirit behind the show (especially since my thesis in grad school explored the place of nature and the nature of place), so I told him I'd see what I could do. 

Having recently cut a few limbs from a dead tree in my yard, I decided to see if within its rings any promise was to be held. 

After producing (and inhaling) way too much sawdust (note to self: remember to close the windows of your car next time you turn your shop into a sawmill), and LOTS of trial and error, and maybe a little cursing here and there, I created four wood mobile spinners. 
I have to say it was very cool to have to approach something I take for granted - the way my typical mobile-making materials and construction techniques work - in a different way to end up with a workable solution.
If you're around, you can check out my "forest for the" and the works of seven other super cool local artists at First Friday on 12/6 (or any time throughout the month of December). 

Thanks to Matt for reaching out, being such a cool cat (yes, I did just say that), and for inspiring me to see the "natural" world around me in new and creative ways. Much obliged and appreciative.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Getting Loopy - How-To Mobile-Making Video with Mark Leary

I was recently contacted by a Dad who is teaching himself how to make mobiles for his kids, including his soon-to-be-born son. 

He was having a tough time figuring out the loop that connects a lower mobile arm to the arm above it. It can definitely be tricky!

I shot this quick video to see if I could help sort it out for him.

Disclaimer: I'm pretty sure the cameraman was high on paint fumes.

Happy mobiling!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Come To The Amity Creek Annual Fundraiser - March 2, 2013

"black beauty blues"

It's that of year time again...

It's the time when Amity Creek Elementary has their much-anticipated annual auction. 

It's the biggest fundraiser of the year for the school and 100% of the proceeds go to enhancing their children’s amazing educational journey.

Join your fellow Central Oregonians at the Boys & Girls Club (500 NW Wall Street) at 6 pm to join in the silent auction. Amazing arts, goods and services have been donated by many of your favorite establishments and local artists (including the mobile you see above by me). 

A live auction with professional auctioneer, Scott McLean, will take place later in the evening! The live auction will present a full selection of the amazing bowls and artwork created by Amity Creek's own students. 

There are reliable rumors that the Moon Mountain Ramblers will be playing during the silent auction, so be sure to come early and bid often!

This special night is free and open to all ages.

So, if you're downtown with nothing to do, drop in and bid on some cool stuff, chow down on some good grub, and listen to some smokin' good music - all while supporting one of our most unique and supportive schools. 
Amity Creek Annual Auction
When: March 2, 2013 
Where: Boys & Girls Club (500 NW Wall Street) 
Time: 6pm - ?