Most artists stick to the tried and true mediums. But if you have ever been to Panther Coffee in Wynwood and seen some of the trippy 3D art on the walls you’ll know that Mark Diamond is NOT your conventional artist. Whether he’s in his gallery in the hood or outside of Panther displaying some of his newest works for the casual passerby, his distinct white beard and sharp stare peers beyond his glasses begging you to ask a a question or 10.
HeyMark, thanks for taking the time. What project are you working on now?
I am producing large 3D Botanical Studies titled “The Sacred Geometry of Plants”
We like plants too. Is that new? How has your work developed since the previous show?
I have scaled the work for larger installations
What’s the last show that you saw?
The Couch Show at Swampspace in The Design District
You get around don’t you. What’s the last show that surprised you? Why?
The Vasarely Pop up in the Moore Building in The Design District. I was surprised because I have been a Vasarely fan all my life but had never known of or seen his sculpture, which was there!
Always fun to learn something new. What’s your favorite place to see art?
Well, this may sound strange, but my studio for sure.
Not odd at all, your work is gorge. What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?
LOL. Ok on that note let’s not get distracted. Where are you finding ideas for your work these days?
I am always excited by new technological developments in science which can be applied toward aesthetic ends. I built the first laser lab to make fine art holograms south of New York, here in Miami 40 years ago. Today’s tech is developing so fast, there are advances in micro mechanical devices, nano fabrication, and display electronics to name a few, that we have a whole new palate with which art can be made.
Do you collect anything?
Well, I seem to be collecting 1s and 0s like crazy. I manage dozens of Terabytes of image data sets.
What’s the last artwork you made?
I just completed a suite of images in 3D (of course) that are dedicated to Vinyl and LP records
Very cool. What’s the first artwork you ever sold?
The first 3D hologram artwork I sold was a commission by a woman in Coral Gables that kept a collection of antique snuff bottles and an ancient glass Roman tear bottle. These rare things were in a vault and she never had a chance to see them, so she commissioned a laser viewed 3D hologram of them floating in space inside a cabinet that rolled flush to the wall in a nitche in her living room. She used to tell me that she would “visit” the hologram, which I find really enchanting.
Wow, she seems really specific. What’s your art-world pet peeve?
Well, since you put it as an “art-world” peeve and not an art peeve, some collectors rely more on advisors than their instincts.
Totally, better to think for yourself. What’s your favorite post-gallery watering hole or restaurant?
When at all possible Plant Food+Wine
Healthy is happy for sure. What work of art do you wish you owned? What would you do to get it?
I am fascinated with almost anything by Man Ray, Ernst, Magritte and Escher but I would probably have to work the rest of my life to own such an artifact.
What international art destination do you most want to visit?
Hong Kong. I was told I’d be rich if I moved there LOL
We think your Rich in the streets here! Who’s your favorite living artist?
Maybe William Kentridge tough to narrow that down. Glad you didn’t ask my favorite color LOL.