Current Exhibitions

Mark Perlman: A 25 Year Survey

November 7-December 15, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 7, 4-6 pm

The University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University is pleased to announce the exhibition Mark Perlman: A 25 Year Survey, which opens with a reception on Thursday, November 7, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, and remains on view through Sunday, December 15, 2013.

The exhibition, which is being presented in conjunction with Mark Perlman’s forthcoming retirement after 25 years on Sonoma State’s Art Department faculty, will present a selection of paintings and works on paper that chronicle his ongoing work as a professional artist in the years since coming to SSU in 1988. While Perlman has been committed to abstraction throughout much of his career, his work, like that of any good artist, continues to grow and evolve. What unites most of Perlman’s work is his use of the ancient technique of encaustic—the suspension of colored pigments in a solution of melted wax. The material gives the surfaces of his paintings a luminosity and depth not possible with oil paints alone. Perlman’s work rewards slow and careful viewing and functions as a sort of visual diary of the artist’s lengthy and complex process—the longer you look, the more you see.

Perlman, Mark - Gallery

Constant, 2009
encaustic on panel
84 x 72”

Flight, 2013
encaustic on panel
72 x 60”