Sunday, January 31, 2010

just don't call it a baby mobile



Mobile lovers come in all shapes, sizes and ages, but call this lil' guy "baby" and you might be in for trouble... toddler trouble with a capital ummm, er, well, give him a break... he doesn't know his letters yet... but I know for a fact it's a capital T!

I mean, really, check out those tough-guy camo pants and that "take no prisoners" look on his face! See how that cracker trembles in his fearsome grip! Take a look at how he's already thrown his so-called "baby monitor" to the ground and stomped it under his menacingly striped feet. And, of course, he's already broken out of his white-walled prison... leaving his furry yellow friends behind bars without a second thought.

And, if that's not enough, I encourage you to look over his shoulder to see who's in his toddler gang... when was the last time you saw an orange monkey wearing a wrestling onsie? Plus, does that monkey have a 5 o'clock shadow?!

It's always fun to see my mobiles - don't call it a baby mobile - hanging in the real world. Thanks to a dear client for sending this fun photo of my "am i blue" mobile (sporting a splash of panache with a red dot) swirling in their son's admittedly very hip room. Heck, *I* don't even have a bedskirt, but he has one AND it even matches his curtains, too!

Don't worry, lil' man, I won't call it a baby mobile... as long as you promise not to eat it!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mobiles & Haiti Relief - Small Gesture, Big Hope



when you commission a mobile between now and february 28th, I will donate 10% of your purchase to help support the heroic efforts of the red cross, here in the states & internationally.

visit www.mobilosity.etsy.com or www.mobilosity.net to order your mobile today.

i realize it's not much, but it's something...

of course, you can donate without buying a mobile by visiting: www.redcross.org/

haiti is just one place where the international red cross, including the american red cross, do amazing work.

at home and abroad, we need to keep organizations like the red cross fully funded, so that they - their staffs and volunteers - can continue to serve our people in real need everywhere... everyone from our neighbors suffering here due to such things as these tough economic times to people thrust into chaos as a result of such things as natural disasters and political upheaval.

whether it's the red cross or any of the many great organizations that do truly human-itarian work to make every part of our world a better place (orgs committed to such missions that help with education, health, social equality, human rights, the environment, poverty, hunger, and so many more "issues" that affect you and me every single day in our own cities), make today the day you participate and rally for real change in your own backyard or the world.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Mobile Collaborationisticism or On The Merits of the Fierce-Lithe


"Red Scene from Yimou Zhang's Hero"

Working with a client in the Midwest on designing a mobile right now...

Searching for that One that expresses her unique aesthetic - reaching past the everyday and pulling out the heart of matter... or just something that spins and is red, red, red.

When discussing influences and inspirations to shape the design, she shared the following BRILLIANT explosion of picture words and insight that literally left me smacked me speechless, and mused me something mighty:

"Further leaves and kineticism: literally The Most Gorgeous Thing I Have Ever Seen On Film is the scene in the red portion of Hero (which I'd actually call a *directorial* Crowning Moment of Awesome) when Flying Snow and Moon are fighting in the grove of trees, with the luminous yellow leaves, and just when I thought it couldn't, it couldn't possibly, not in this so-often drab and hackneyed world of ours, get any more exquisite. Because seriously, who could possibly read my mind like that and tap into my inner gorgeous compass so successfully when *I* didn't even know I was waiting, just waiting for it to get more beautiful? Well, apparently Yimou Zhang does that for all of us, because suddenly, as I was already weeping at how beautiful it was...all the leaves turned RED. Holy shit! And yes, if you read this as: 'has a weakness for kung fu movies combined with gorgeousness,' you are correct.

I once sat down on a bench in front of a giant Rothko at SFMoMA. And fell into it. When I emerged from the thinking-oxbow about holy-shit-it-looks-like-color-breathing, it was about half an hour later. I also kind of venerate Klee for his wonderful sense of whimsy and play. His work makes me giggle with real-live, actual delight. Both of these artists only the work in person. I thought Rothko was a gigantic wanker when I studied him from reproductions in art history.

Oh, how the mighty do fall. As you might surmise, I like the way Rothko treats color, and the way Klee treats media."

Holy Jawdropper! Do I really need to say ANYTHING? If that word candy isn't inspiration for a paradigm-busting mobile design, I don't know what is.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

bigger blu mobile got crunked



"bigger blu"

what happens when you take a perfectly good mobile - a great big one, in fact - and crunk it all up?

what's the result when you take gracefully arcing arms and bend, twist, tweak and generally dis-grace them into a disheveled, yet intentional mess of tangle and tease?

bigger blu is what you get.

yep, i took a HUGE over six foot mobile and squenched it down, bent it up, and crimpled its crumple to totally transform this once serene mobile in blues and blueish greens into an electrified spin of wave and current. ahhh yeahhhh!

don't get me wrong - he's still a REALLY big boy at approx. 42" long by 28 wide.

would you be so kind to give him a home? inside or out, he's ready to take flight... and - with a little loving - i'm sure he'll play nicely with all the neighborhood kids, maybe even Spot.


here he is BEFORE & AFTER...


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mobilosity Spotlighted By Kitsune Noir On Etsy


"Kitsune Noir aka Bobby Solomon"

In my opinion, blog phenom Kitsune Noir (aka Bobby Solomon) creates one of the coolest blogs in the world (http://kitsunenoir.com/). He blasts off an amazing daily snapshot of what's what in the world of art - tidbits, teases and tantalizations from every corner in every medium... the millions of others who read his Kitsune Noir blog must agree, too.


You can read his entire feature here: Etsy: The Storque: Guest Curator: Kitsune Noir

Here's a snippet for you: Not too long ago, handmade items weren't considered a luxury, they were the only option. Okay, maybe that was before most of us can even remember, but it seems like handmade is definitely having a revival. After the plastic craze of the 60's and 70's, people are over mass-production and want something unique and well-crafted. Not that mass-production is going anywhere soon, but it's certainly nice to have some alternatives.

My list of Etsy picks, as well as my personal style, is a mixture of vintage and contemporary things. I definitely have a love for both the new and the classic, so finding items that mesh well together is the challenge. The list also journeys not only into items for the home but personal accessories as well. I hope you enjoy my choices, I had a lot of fun putting them all together.

Check out his entire feature here: Etsy: The Storque: Guest Curator: Kitsune Noir

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Exhibition Opens January 11th at Red Brick Gallery



I'm honored to be showing my mobiles at the Red Brick Gallery in Ventura, California.

If you're in the area, please stop in to see my newest mobiles and the gallery's latest exhibition, Shades of Day, running from January 11th through February 22nd.

Jen Livia, the founder and owner of Red Brick, is AMAZING! She is an incredible artist, a super savvy and plugged-in businesswoman, creative as the day is long and redefines what "giving back" really means. What an inspiration!

Just check out a snippet from a recent article and you'll quickly see what a dynamo Jen is:

"This 28-year-old artist, founder of the Red Brick Gallery and winner of a 2008 Mayor’s Arts Award, has done more than her fair share to build the relationship between art and the community. She works closely with the Downtown Ventura Organization, promoting local events, and somehow finds time to teach art classes for children."

Read the entire article here: 2009 Trailblazers in Ventana: Fine Living in Ventura County

You can learn more about the Gallery and the latest show here: Red Brick Gallery

You can even see a little bio on me and my mobiles in their artist section, too.

Here's to a hugely successful show and 2010 for the entire gallery!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Mark Leary Mobiles Featured in Central Oregon New Home Living Magazine



"In fact, his success with mobiles is
amusing to Leary “because I’ve always
been horrible with spatial relationships.”

This line from the recent feature article in Central Oregon New Home Living Magazine on me and my mobiles cracks me up... because it's SO true.

Read the entire article here: Life and Art In Balance

You see, spatial relationships and balance have always taunted me.

- I wasn't admitted into the gifted program as a child because I couldn't figure out how to put some silly plastic blocks together into a prescribed pattern.

- I love mountain biking, but am more likely to be found running into trees, off a cliff or into unsuspecting wildlife than staying on the trail.

I wish I could blame it on a genetic defect or a bad batch of spinach when I was growing up, but - alas - it is what it is.

So, if you find me running into walls or tripping over imaginary bumps, feel free to chuckle a little... because it's okay to laugh, really.

That said and even though my balance problem was outed in print, I really *was* honored to have my mobiles spotlighted in the magazine (a special publication of The Bend Bulletin and Western Communications, Inc.) and the writer, Lori Gleichman (who is talented as all get-out), was a real pleasure to share time with. In fact, she ended up commissioning me to create an uber-colorful mobile for her husband's birthday (see below).

Fun, fun!

Read the entire article here: Life and Art In Balance


Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Holiday Mobilosity Blitz


"mobile mania"

One, two, three, four... eight, nine, ten...

Yea! I apparently still have all my fingers!

After another blessedly robust holiday mobile-making season, I'm finally able to emerge from my shop for a few moments to breathe non-metallic air and - more importantly - say "thank you."

Mothers, daughters, uncles, boyfriends, wives, friends, parents-to-be, proud grandparents, and so many more of you who have touched my life and allowed me to spin a little simple fun into yours with my mobiles.

I just feel really, really grateful for all the incredible people I've met along this mobile-making journey.

What an amazing treat for me.

So, thank you, thank you, and - yes - thank YOU!

Here's to an insanely fabulous 2010 for you and yours!

Cheers -

Mark

Turning 40 Demands a BIG Mobile


"4D"

My best friend, Devin, turned 40 last month...

Many many years ago, Devin was one of the original recipients of one my first mobiles (and I use the word "mobile" loosely as I was still in a highly experimental stage at the time and by "experimental" I mean that I had no idea what I was doing and by "no idea what I was doing" I mean he's lucky the mobile didn't self-destruct on his head and cause permanent damage).

Well, in honor of his epic rite of passage into his 40s, it seemed only appropriate that I create the biggest mobile I've ever done... a blade to celebrate each year of his amazing life.

Yep, that's 40 blades... holy smokes!

It was a great challenge and I had a blast designing a special spinning monster especially for him.

Here's a quick picture of it before it went into paint (ended up with 21 different colors of blue, green, and one orange). Whoa!

Now Showing at The Attic Art Gallery in Crown Point


"the mega wavy gravy in white and red"

I'm super excited to share that I'm now showing in the Midwest at The Attic Art Gallery in Crown Point, IN.

The owner, Robert Radzinski, has done a spectacular job with his new gallery - bringing together an impressive group of up-and-coming and established artists in a really fantastic space outside of Chicago.

To learn more about the gallery, check out this fun article: http://nwitimes.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/article_ae2cb536-49a0-5a44-9386-41be8f75b274.html

Currently on exhibit are some of my larger mobiles including xl versions of the original wavy gravy, seed poddy, the juggler, one-orange-one, and a totally new big & beefy design, big blu.

You can visit the gallery online at www.theatticgallery.com or in person at:

208 South Main Street Crown Point, Indiana 46307

Here are a couple pictures Robert recently shared...