Gerald Marks is an artist working along the border joining Art and Science. This means more
than just technological innovation or use of technology. Far more important is the content
emphasis on perception, knowing and questioning. Marks has a philosophy about art that
influences all of his work. He wants people to question what they see. he wants them to think
about the role time and space play in our perceptions. His visual illusions are his invitation
for people to probe. It is his special hope that his work will inspire young people today and in
the future to inquire about the way they see the world.
He is currently at work on a giant 3-D mural for the New York City "Arts for Transit" program. Designed for the 28th Street subway station, and sponsored by ASCI, the mural will be built into glass blocks in which the curvature of the glass inside the block forms cylindrical lenses. Marks plans to use the lenticular (lens-like) properties of the block along with the appropriate lights, projectors, lenses, filters, in the space behind the wall to create a 3-D illusion art display. The mural will appear to move as you ride into the station.
Marks has fused his art into other media as well, including computer graphics, theater design and photography, but he specializes in art featuring 3D-Illusions and is best known for his Professor Pulfrich's Universe, 3-D Museum exhibits and his 3-D music videos for the Rolling Stones. These videos, made during the Stones 1989-90 tour utilized the PullTime 3-D system he created , and were seen throughout North America on the Fox Network a part of a prime time Rolling Stones special. The videos were nominated for awards in two categories at the 1991 International Monitor Awards and won in one.
Although Marks' formal training was in music at the City University of New York and Columbia, his continued fascination with visual imagery led him to study the subject on his own. He taught himself the techniques of creating three dimensional art by experimentation. A master silk-screen printer, he used this art form to produce his own 3-D images, developing his own special inks to achieve the best possible 3-D effects. Eager to share his knowledge with others, he taught screen printing for twenty years at The Cooper Union in New York City.
Marks moved from creating individual 3-D images to designing entire environments, inspired by the scientific principles of the German physicist Carl Pulfrich. In 1976, he was invited to be an artist in residence at San Francisco's Exploratorium, where he created "Professor Pulfrich's Universe," a room filled with rotating sculptures that cast moving shadows on the walls. Viewing the exhibit with a special filter over one of your eyes causes depth perception to change and whirling galaxies to appear to reverse their spin. Its popularity at the Exploratorium led to similar installations a other museums, including The New York Hall of Science, where it is also on permanent display.
Crossing boundaries between science and art, Marks' creations have made their way into museums and science centers throughout the country and as far away as Japan. His analyph (to be viewed with red/green glasses) prints are in permanent and long term exhibits around the world. He is also widely known as a popular speaker, addressing audiences, from children to industry professionals in the of imaging and special effects. He enjoys working in mixed media, performance art; combining theater, design, music projections etc..both in his own productions and as a designer for productions by others at The Pubic Theater/N.Y. Shakespeare Festival, The Soho Repertory Theater, The McBean Theater at the Exploratorium and many more.
Contact: Gerald Marks 29 West 26th St. NY, NY 10010 Vox:(212) 889-5994 / Fax: 212-889-5926 e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org