Mark Brest van Kempen has created a variety of artworks using the landscape itself as sculptural material. From the Free Speech Monument on the UC Berkeley campus to Land Exchange at the National Academy of Art in China, his work explores the range of emotions and issues that are embodied in our complex relationship to the environment. He has received several commissions for public art projects including the San Francisco Art Commission, the City of Palo Alto, the City of Seattle, the Haas Foundation.
He has spoken around the country and abroad on the possibilities of creating artwork that functions outside the museum /gallery context and that brings aesthetic and symbolic meaning to everyday situations. His work has been presented in many publications including Time Magazine, The New York Times, LA Times and Lucy Lippard's book, "The Lure of the Local". The Armory Center for the Arts and The Richmond Art Center featured his performance project Living From Land in which he lived entirely from the land in a wilderness area for one month.
Brest van Kempen was Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts and has received a California Arts Council Fellowship. He has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and Stanford University.
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