Canadian-born Los Angeles-based artist Mark Verabioff is known for distinctive conversations using word as image. Since 1985 he has been in a highly committed relationship with the critical interrogation of form and its social-political capabilities. The work has been identified with performance, video, and context art. An overarching concern in his work is the relationship between language, aesthetics and content—moving in and out of logic, absurdity, provocation and seduction. Verabioff's work has been featured in Artforum, C Magazine, Flash Art, Frieze and The New York Times.
"Verabioff’s linguistic strategy interrupts the sanctity of the traditional art historical canon by fusing seminal contemporary artworks with pop cultural and queer syntax, equalizing the rhetoric of celebrity, politics and contemporary art" – Jeffrey Uslip, curator, Notes on Cultural Preservation, Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York.
Selected solo venues include: Eighth Veil, Los Angeles; Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara; Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles; Mandrake, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Video In, Vancouver.
Selected group venues include: China Art Objects Gallery, Los Angeles; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; The Backroom, Los Angeles; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; The New Museum, New York; Artists Space, New York.
Performance poster published by Eighth Veil, Los Angeles