Surrealism questions how we all look at things, as we constantly judge books by their covers. It dissects, operates and delivers us to a place that is much more honest. To make you think !~
Mr. Strodl is represented in Chelsea, NYC, creates these large prints on canvas, The baby from a family of 5 with hand me downs, it was when he was 3 years old he received his very own coloring books he knew what he was to become. It has only taken him 60 years to get here. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in NYC, standing in the shadows for over 30 years on Madison Ave., he exploded out and back into his roots.
Mr. Strodl creates this Surrealistic fantasy, a cunningly hidden portrayal of ourselves that we all seem to hide from. With our unconscious mind unleashed, our untamed dreams, our libido, infantile sexuality, and transference into other realms of being that we repress. In this world he creates this Dystopian horror, this Magritte ethereal surrealism, this Kafka like alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and comic absurdity, that is our own. It is from this truth, there is freedom ! Political satire is never dead as long as we see from that which they try to hide from us all. It is the ability to laugh at ourselves & all of our foibles. So in the wonder & tradition of Daimler Homier, Man Ray, Joel Witkin, Magritte, & of coarse Dali.
Feel free to steal from me, as I believe, Art is for everyone.
Surrealism: Aren’t things much deeper than skin deep, don’t we all lie to oursleves ? Yet we have to keep a sense of humor about it all. That blurred lie in-between fantasy & reality, our Physiological confines, our absurdities looked at, our realities seen from a different perspective.
Currently, he is represented at the Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 West 20th, Chelsea, New York. 3rd Book,” Ransom Notes From Mommy” 2019, 98 pages, spiral-bound, limited editions. One man show, “. . . and the meek shall inherit the earth”, large Watercolors One man show: Islip Town Hall, August 2019, Islip Musem, August 1-31 : Farmingdale College,”Sizzle” 3 of my Shadow Boxes, Mills Pond Gallery, St. James NY : Curated, ”Glimpses of Surrealism: Showing 14 pieces in both watercolors & Digital prints, two rooms, July 7th – Aug 4, 2018 Conklin Barn : Prestigious Huntington Poetry, Reading, Feature June 15th 2018 Studio 5404 Political Fundraiser December 2017 “Blue”, 67 pages. A Children’s book on Bigotry, to unteach their parents when they read it to them. Patchogue Arts Council, Dystopia exhibition, October 21st through November 12, 2017. Cheryl McGinnis Projects curates for smART stART: The Natural World, The Industrial World, The Artists’ World : Mark Strodl Mc Arther Airport, One-man Show, Islip NY. upcoming. ArtSpace: 20 Terry St. Patchogue, NY January 3 – 31, 2017. Islip Art Museum : Slide Slam at the Long Island Museum, November 12, 2016. Brickhouse Brewery : 67 W. Main St. Patchogue, NY January 11 – Feb. 31, 2017. 1st Sculpture : “Pandora’s Box”, Islip Art Museum : For Your Eyes Only from June 19, thru September 11, 2016. New Watercolor Series : Painted Shadows, 18 pieces 44” x 72”. New Light, A Spring Awakening : Studio 5404 March 19 – April 16, 2016. Spearheaded, Conceptualized, & Designed the new 10 million Huntington Arts Council building. Past Board member of the Huntington Arts Council, NY. Won a competition out of 750 Artists, Painters & Sculptors at the Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery in NYC, in 2014. What Lies Beneath the Spirit Of the Art, Oct. 24, October 24, 2015 : Newsday article on me. Suburban Art, 5404 Art Space, Massapequa, NY September 13 – October 19, 2015 : Huntington Arts Merit Award, Digital Art, July 2015 : 2nd Book,”Itch” 2014, 100 pages, spiral-bound, limited editions. 1st Book,” Time” 2013, 100 pages, spiral-bound, limited editions. 2006 – 2011 Street Photography, NYC. Designed a City : Theoretical Architecture, 1980 book, when the price per square foot isn’t your first priority, what happens ? Design & function.
I have had the wonderful teachers at the School of Visual Arts of Mel Bochner, Jonathan Brofiski, . . . Jennifer Barlett, with the inspiration in the heroin in Alenna Heiss Founder of PS One Queens.
I have done missionary work in El Salvadore, 24 years in Recovery while helping other addicts. 4 years at the School Of Visual Arts 1978 Fine Arts program. I have had a late but productive life.