Mark Daybell

“If you can’t join them, beat them.”

Mark Daybell
May 11 – June 8, 2013

Artist Reception | Saturday | May 11, 8-10pm

Visual artist Mark Daybell takes us to a place we all know – one that constantly barrages us and teases us – the cult of celebrity. Daybell, who is Department Chair of the Graphic and Multimedia Design Department at College of the Canyons in Valencia, California, will be presenting new work alongside selected work from his oeuvre that examines the myth of celebrity by employing photography, video, installation, text and performance in his upcoming solo exhibition at Trunk Gallery in Venice.

In the context of celebrity’s reliance on images, it encourages voyeuristic indulgence. As such, Daybell’s works are a voyeur’s journey through media and culture’s false collective belief as it relates to the myth of celebrity. Deconstructing celebrity through the perceptions of “exclusivity”, “cool”, and “glamour”, he exposes celebrity’s influence on society’s conscious and unconscious behaviors, attitudes and desires.

Daybell challenges representations of celebrity and its creation of an insider-outsider culture – one which exemplifies the power of exclusion. He does so with an irony-veiled methodology to such an extent that the casual observer is most likely to miss out on all except the most obvious of Daybell’s intentions.

Mark Daybell lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He earned his MFA in Art with a concentration in creative photography from CSU Fullerton and a BS in Applied Art and Design with a concentration in photography from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has exhibited his work in galleries across southern California and has shown in international film festivals.


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