Stock: Andrew Mount

On view February 16 through May 8th

Artist and SMC faculty professor Andrew Mount presents an oeuvre of installation and media art exploring signifiers, hierarchy, and capitalism. Through participation and social engagement, Stock invites visitors to pause and reflect upon the empirical structures and encoded meanings beyond our visibility. 

Artist Led Tour: Thursday, April 21 

Artist Dialogue: Thursday, February 17 

Opening Celebration: February 24 

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Andrew Mount, an English artist and educator at Saint Mary’s College of California works in a range of media to reframe social and political elements through participatory art practice. 

His oeuvre of media includes installation, collaboration, participation, digital media, painting, printing, video, and drawing. Mount’s approach to art practice is through participatory and socially engaged themes. Current works explore images as a meditative reification of signifiers. These signifiers reframe empirical structures of finance (such as greek glyphs); investigate the assumption of divine rights, and heighten the connections of royalty in reference to capitalism. Mount’s collaborative work uses custom software paired with anachronistic hardware to present installation art that recodes the aesthetic profile of current political events. Mount gained a BA(Hons) in Painting from the University of Reading (UK), an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College, CUNY, and an EdD in Interdisciplinary Studies in Art and Art Education from Columbia University. Mount’s work has been shown in the UK, Bulgaria, Germany, and the USA. Since 1997, he has lived and worked in the USA and is currently located in the Bay Area.

 

Artist Interview:

SMC art student Isaac Kyoungho Kim (IK) interviewed artist Andrew Mount (AM) about Stock in January 2022.  Below are highlights from the conversation. 

IK: What is this exhibition about?

AM: All the work I’ve created the last few years is made to interconnect in some way. The piece, Debtstock, featured at the entrance of the gallery, connects some of the topics and themes of my work. I am interested in finance and debt and those effects on society. My work signifies participation and play in the environment of the gallery to help prevent people from feeling a kind of apprehension or sense of out-of-placeness as I understand that the majority of people do not go to museums and galleries. When they do, they certainly do not spend time looking. So by asking them to participate, they spend a lot more time with the work and they come out with an impression that stays with them. I think that is the goal of every artist: to communicate in a memorable way.

IK: Speaking of communication, students at Saint Mary’s –who are not familiar with your work –possibly have seen your work in the Oliver Hall (cafeteria). Would the exhibition include works that were part of that series? Or are there others you want to mention?

AM: Yes, those are my banners. They represent the second phase of this body of work. I do not have one title paradigm for all that work. Those banners were made under the name, We Are Market Makers, featured in Oliver Hall as screen prints. There are five of those banners, but there are probably fifteen different drawings that I made in that series. The rest of those images were made as screen prints instead. The subsequent work I did was a lot more graphic detail, taking a lot longer to complete. The drawings for the five banners in the museum took eighteen months. I was making them parallel with each other.

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