Metaphor and Art! A new Website.

Metaphor and Art! The unveiling of a new website that has been some time in the planning. Mark G. Taber and I, Mark Staff Brandl, will be regularly posting about the various aspects of the topic(s) and hope to engender discussion on the accompanying facebook community page. We are both primarily active artists, but are additionally both researchers in metaphor theory. The first post we have up is simply our welcome greeting, with a bit about each of us. Please check it out, read our upcoming posts, articles and updates and then discuss with us.

The URL: http://www.metaphorandart.com/;

the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Metaphor-and-Art/131075512003?fref=ts


Mark Staff Brandl: Partial Panorama Views of Installation in Zurich


Brandl Opening of Painting-Installation-Sequential Art

It is finally the time! After some years in the making, the room-filling painting-installation based on my PhD dissertation is opening at Jedlitschka Gallery in Zurich. You are cordially invited to the opening, I’d love to see you there.

Es ist endlich soweit! Nach einigen Jahren des Entstehens wird die raumfüllende Malerei-Installation, welche auf meiner Doktorarbeit basiert, in der Jedlitschka Gallery in Zürich präsentiert. Du bist / Sie sind zur Vernissage herzlich eingeladen. Es würde mich freuen, dich / Sie da zu begrüssen.

Mark Staff Brandl
My Metaphor(m), Painting-Installation
28 Feb. - 18 April, 2013

28. Februar, 17.00 - 21.00 Uhr
der Künstler ist anwesend
(sowie am Samstag 2. März)
Laudatio: 28. Februar 19.00 Uhr
Dr Philip Ursprung,
Professor für Kunst- und Architekturgeschichte and der ETH Zürich

Freitag 22. März, 19.00 Uhr
mit Dr Gerhard Mack,
Redaktor für Kunst und Architektur bei der NZZ am Sonntag

Donnerstag, 18. April, 17.00 - 21.00 Uhr
Der Künstler ist anwesend


Mark Staff Brandl
My Metaphor(m), Painting-Installation
28 Feb. - 18 April, 2013

Opening Reception:
28 Februar, 5 pm - 9 pm
the artist will be present
(as well as on Saturday, 2 March)

Laudatio/Opening Speech: 28 February 7 pm
Dr Philip Ursprung,
Professor Art and Architectur History at the ETH Zürich

Discussion with the Artist:
Friday 22 March, 7 pm
with Dr Gerhard Mack,
Editor and Critic for Art and Architecture at the NZZ am Sonntag

Finissage /Closing Reception:
Thursday, 18 April, 5 pm - 9 pm
The artist will be present.


Meanwhile, Sequential Art Installation by Mark Staff Brandl


A 28 minute documentary video of the painting installation created in 2011 at the Peoria Contemporary Art Center by Mark Staff Brandl, Gary Scoles and Th. Emil Homerin.


Mayhua Loh's Wall Drawing Gallery Comic

Mayhua Loh, a great just-turned-ex-student of mine, just finished this LARGE gallery comic direct on the wall of teh Art Academy of Liechtenstein. A very fun work!


Abstract and Gallery Comics from Liechtenstein

Abstract and Gallery Comics from the Art Academy of Liechtenstein Foundation Course class (Kunstschule Liechtenstein Vorkurs 2010-2011) taught by Mark Staff Brandl.

 Rebecca Ospelt

 Silja Senti

 Kristina Madl

 Desirée Méndez

 May Hua Loh

 Liane Caroline Weber

 Kerstin Lampert

 Alexander Choinowski

 Besime Sasivari

 Clara Tiefenthaler

 Desirée Méndez

 Clara Tiefenthaler

 Clara Tiefenthaler

 Nina Kleinstein

 Klara Frick

 Michelle Merki

 Silja Senti

Mirjam Büchel

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Contemporary Art Center Exhibition: "Meanwhile...." Mark Staff Brandl

Contemporary Art Center Press Release:
"Meanwhile...." July 11-August 27 Gallery 3R Mark Staff Brandl with Gary Scoles and Thomas Emil Homerin

The trio creates a comic book installation on site from scratch, eventually enveloping the entire room. Visitors are invited to watch the process and interact with the creators. Their activities are documented in video and photos, also becoming part of the completed exhibition.

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 16, 6:30-8:30 pm

When Mark Staff Brandl of Switzerland was invited to exhibit at the Contemporary Art Center, he realized this would be an opportunity to fulfill a long-held desire to reunite his friends Gary Scoles of Pekin and Emil Homerin of Rochester, New York into an active creative team in order to realize one of his Panels Painting-Installations, utilizing as a springboard the steady stream of comic-related ephemeral sketches and doodles he and Scoles consistently produce. Starting on July 11, the team will convene in Gallery 3R to create the work on site.

The three met in 1965, at the age of 10, in fifth grade at Douglas Primary School in Pekin, Illinois. They became fast friends, spending almost every Saturday and Saturday night together for years, through high school, creating original superhero comic books. Mark and Gary were the artists and letterers, Emil the author and editor. All created their own characters, yet each helped to contribute to and develop the others' ideas. Emil bore the brunt of making narrative sense of them all. Although their lives took them in various directions after high school, the three have remained in contact, sending comics, art and related materials to one another and collaborating on projects.

The installation will commence with a batch of collected comic-art-oriented doodles on various scraps and sizes of paper that Brandl and Scoles will have done and collected over the year prior to the exhibition. These have no planned continuity nor are even consciously link-ed or guided in any way. They will be laid out as well as mounted on the walls and serve as the basis for the event and installation. Then Homerin will concoct a narrative from these, telling the artists what to add, complete, extend, or change. Visitors will be invited to come to the Art Center, watch the process and interact with the creators. After a week, an installation-comic will envelop the whole room. The activities will be documented in a video, photos, perhaps even sections of "meta-comic" where sequences about the creation of the work will become part of the completed exhibition.

The opening reception on Saturday, July 16, 6:30-8:30 pm will also honor Minnesota artist Sally J. Bright in the Preston Jackson Gallery. Food & drink will be provided. Music provided by Paul Adams. Admission is free but a donation is requested.

This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Hi-res photos are available.

Mark Staff Brandl: www.markstaffbrandl.com/

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Julia Roth Installation Comic

A marvelous Gallery Comic Installation by Julia Roth in the Art Academy Liechtenstein. Detail photo.



Brandl: Litho Comic

Here's another recent 3-stone lithograph I made which exists as a print (one sheet to be hung on the wall) and as a leporello-folded comic book. It is titled Self-Reflexive Mark, with and obvious play on my name. It travels between abstraction and representation, beginning left with images of the three tools I used to make the piece (and usually use), traveling through some "homage" abstractions, to the self-portrait on the right, based on the full length, life-sized self-portrait painting in my last painting-installation, here only a "detail," my hand with the brush.

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SPX 2010

What: SPX 2010

Where: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

When: Open to the public Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12, 2010.

Saturday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: noon – 6:00 pm

One day memberships: $10.00
Weekend memberships: $15.00
Collected at the door the day of the show

Why: If you did not participate in the past, whether as a fan or an exhibitor, you missed a lot—don’t be left out in 2010. 2009 was another terrific year for the show. Attendance was over 3,000 attendees and exhibitors, along with dozens of printers, distributors, retailers, and other industry professionals.

There were over 450 people registered as exhibitors and we sold over 170 exhibitor tables. SPX has a unique format of only selling exhibitor space to independent publishers and not to retailers. This provides a very intimate and friendly atmosphere for our creators and fans to mingle. At the same time, there’s a wide array of programming for all to enjoy.

For more information on how you can register as an exhibitor, go to the Exhibitor Registration page.

About the Show

SPX 2010 will be held the weekend of September 10 and 11, 2010 at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, MD, just one mile outside the nation’s capital, Washington DC. In its fifteenth year SPX now serves as the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comic books and the discovery of new creative talent.

SPX will bring together over 400 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, distributors, and each other. SPX will be open to the public September 10th from 11am Saturday, and run through 7pm that evening. The celebration continues Sunday from noon to 6pm. In addition, expect great programming all weekend long for you to enjoy!

SPX 2010 marks the fourteenth annual presentation of The Ignatz Awards for outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse, recognizes outstanding work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an artform and as a means of personal expression. The Ignatz is a festival prize, the first such of the United States comic book industry. Winners will be determined by ballot during SPX and presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony.

As with every year profits from SPX will go to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, protecting the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.


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