Vitae

Mark Roy Bleshenski (b. 1957, Bay City, Michigan)
mark@bleshenski.com :: www.bleshenski.com :: facebook.com/mbleshenski

Studio artist working in a variety of mediums including glass, wood and mixed media.  Independent study of techniques in glass fusing and casting, flameworking.   Current work focuses on re-purposing of discarded bottles into multi-media sculpture.

Artist Statement

I have always been fascinated with common found objects made by man and reshaped by the forces of time, man, and nature. Wind, waves, sand, sun, machines, hands, all working together to decompose the item, returning its elements to nature. I gather these relics and artifacts, envisioning ways to integrate them into my work. A piece of iron, or wood, a brick, a bottle, an old tool. Anything is fair game for inclusion.

My work references culture by the juxtaposition of these everyday items with other objects. Some of the artifacts have strong cultural, even cross cultural and international importance by themselves. A coke bottle is an iconic symbol used on a daily basis around the world. I manipulate and combine these objects with constructions, into something completely new and hopefully unexpected and intriguing to the viewer.

In my current work, I manipulate common glass bottles so they maintain their recognizable origins, but flow and bend in unusual ways as if they were compacted like soda cans. I am deconstructing the vessel and reconstructing it as a new form. In some cases the vessels become metaphors for the shell of the psyche, while other objects represent cultural influences and social issues. In other cases, it is purely an experiment with form.

Web and Social Media Sites

Publications

Shows, Galleries & Museum Exhibits

  • 2018 ArtPrize - "Climate Changer"
  • 2018 ArtWalk - "Climate Changer"
  • September 20 - November 10, 2018 - Studio 23 All-State Exhibition, Studio 23, Bay City, Michigan, Artwork: "Penny Jar" and "Plumbum" 
  • June, 2018 to September, 2018 - Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition; Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum; Saginaw Valley State University; Saginaw, Michigan, Artwork: "Seaform"
  • February 3, 2018 -  An Exploration of Social Media Art Show,  Group Show, Cerasus Studio, Grand Rapids, Michigan "Tweet don't Chirp"
  • November 1-25, 2017 - Show Me The Money, Huron Valley Arts Council, Highland, Michigan "Penny Jar"
  • October-November 2017 - PostPrize 2017, Frames Unlimited, Grand Rapids, Michigan "Seaform"
  • September-October 2017 - ArtPrize 2017, Keeler Gallery, Fountain Street Church, "Seaform", Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • August-September 2017 - Art Walk Central, CMU University Gallery, "Seaform", Mt Pleasant, Michigan "Seaform"
  • June 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016 - East Side Art Show, Venue: Anton Art Center, St. Claire Shores, Michigan, Artwork: "Plumbum", Award: Honorable Mention
  • June 4, 2016 to September 17, 2016 - Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition; Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum; Saginaw Valley State University; Saginaw, Michigan, Artwork: "Tweet Don't Chirp"
  • July 1, 2016 to August 13, 2016 - Real American, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, "Penny Jar"
  • August 1, 2016 to August 30,  2016 - 'Re: Formation', Gallery Project, Toledo, OH, Artwork: "Plumbum", Reviews: See Publications.
  • August 20, 2016 to September 10, 2016 - Art Walk Central, Art Reach of Mid-Michigan; Mt Pleasant, Michigan; Helios Art Gallery, Artwork: "Plumbum", Award: Jurors Top 10 List
  • September 21, 2016 to October 9, 2016 - ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, Michigan, "Plumbum"
  • September 23, 2016 to December 23, 2016 - Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, Midland Center for the Arts, "Seaform"
  • 2015 - ArtPrize 7, Venue: Fountain Street Church, "Inverse Effect"
  • 2014 - ArtPrize 6, Venue: Fountain Street Church, Jurors shortlist for top 5 venues. , "Penny Jar, Rebel, and Tweet don't Chirp"
  • Corning Museum of Glass, Corning New York
  • The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario
  • The Detroit Artists Market, Detroit Michigan
  • 1980's - Michigan Glass Month Show participant
  • 1987 - Image/Light and Structure - http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/35238751/image-light-structure-87-show

Recent Awards and Merit 

  • Plumbum 2016 - ArtPrize, Fountain Street Church Venue - Jurors Special Merit Award
  • Plumbum 2016 - ArtWalk, Art Reach Center, Jurors Top 10 Picks
  • Plumbum 2016 - East Side Art Show, Honorable Mention
  • 2014 - ArtPrize, Fountain Street Church, Jurors Short List for top 5 venues

Art Related Experience

  • 2016 - Guest speaker for breakout session at Kaleidoscope: Reflect. Recharge. Reimagine. Conference at Kellogg Center, Michigan State University
  • 2016 - Selected as one of a group of artists in various disciplines for a Master's Thesis on The Artistic Creative Process, by a graduate student at Central Michigan University
  • 1981-2008 - Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Markroy Studio, Pinconning, Michigan Designed and built stained glass windows for churches, businesses and homes throughout Michigan using leaded glass, Faceted glass and cast glass. Sizes ranged from small works to hundreds of square feet. Did independent experimentation with fused glass and cast glass autonomous art pieces.

Education

  • 1980 to Present - Autodidactic Studies and Experimentation with glass as an art medium.
  • 1983 - Glass casting classes at Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan
  • 1979 - Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, BA, Human Environment and Design.
  • 1978 - University of London, London, England, Decorative Arts and Architecture Program
  • 1973 - 1976 - Apprenticed with Roy Diamond Smith, Diamond Art Glass Studio, Pinconning, Assisting with production of stained glass windows.