PC Acquire: Lester Marks


They call up vivid, otherworldly associations — a whirling dervish that suggests a man transforming into an anthropomorphic carrot, a tilt-a-whirl ride twirling through the night sky, an alien ship on its way to a ghostly landing and an utopian metropolis whose skyscrapers resemble the spines of books. Surreal, for sure. The creator of these strange yet compelling dreamscapes? None other than top collector turned artist Lester Marks, whose name often appears on our pages for his munificence to every art nonprofit in town, as well as the way he and physician-wife Penelope know how to throw a party at their Cornell-esque box of a casa%26nbsp; (where every wall, nook and cranny is bursting with art pieces, including more than a few real Cornells). Fresh from his ArtHouston debut last summer at New Gallery/Thom Andriola, Marks has photographed/labored/created for the past year to unveil a collection exclusively for PaperCity readers (one that will entice beginning to advanced collectors, with works that are offered 15 to 20 percent less than his gallery prices, in extremely limited editions of just five per image). Best of all, because he aims to “trigger a response, an experience in and for the observer,” Marks allows each owner to title his or her acquisition and records its new moniker by image/edition number in his master art catalog. “My work is about the future,” he says of these hypnotic digital photographic constructions, which are based upon the actual world and free of any Photoshop or Web manipulation. Each image available in two sizes, editions of five per size: 11 x 14 inches $500; 22 x 28 inches $950; signed verso, printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper, with UV-laminated surfaces, cold-mounted on Sentra with hardwood cleating (no framing needed, ready for hanging). Inquiries/orders Seth Vaughan, seth@papercitymag.com.


Image: Lester Marks’ Untitled (#4573), 2011 – 2012

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