Dr Mark Harris

Staff details

PositionLecturer in Fine Art (Critical Studies)
Department Art
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Mark Harris writes on concepts and visual languages of intoxication, in particular on LSD experiences in 1960s and 70s experimental film and poetry. He has also written on histories of artist-run spaces, and on numerous contemporary artists.

One focus of Mark's studio work concerns the representations and documentation of historic utopian communities. In his video work, he is also interested in experimental sound, noise and silence, and on the performance of popular music. A significant part of his practice has focused on reappraising the syntax of gestural abstract painting.

Professional projects

Mark's recent solo and collaborative exhibitions have been shown at the Economist Building in London and the Contemporary Museum (Baltimore), Rothko Chapel, Country Club Gallery and Weston Art Gallery (Cincinnati), and the Trans Hudson Gallery (New York) in the United States.

He has been featured in group exhibitions at Whitechapel Art Gallery, Tate Modern and the Wellcome Collection in London, SOMArts in San Francisco, and the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, among others. 




Morning Star
Harris, Mark. 2010. Morning Star. In: "Morning Star", Country Club Gallery, Cincinnati, United States, 2010-2012.

Exhibition Catalogue

Critical Home Video (Peterborough)
Mabb, David; Buxey, K.R.; Harris, Mark; Ishige, Yasu; Lai, Adrienne; Lewis, Peter Lloyd; Macrae, Sheena; Maier, Johannes; Wyatt, Angus and Kollectiv, Pil and Galia. 2002. Critical Home Video (Peterborough).

Book Section

Countercultural Intoxication: An Aesthetics of Transformation
Harris, Mark. 2011. Countercultural Intoxication: An Aesthetics of Transformation. In: Adam Lerner and Elissa Auther, eds. West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965–1977. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 324-343. ISBN 978-0-8166-7726-9

Pipilotti Rist's Music
Harris, Mark. 1999. Pipilotti Rist's Music. In: , ed. Wishing for Synchronicity: Works by Pipilotti Rist. Houston, Texas: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, pp. 14-23. ISBN 978-1-933619-17-0