Mark Stephenson

Visual artist and ux designer living in Ottawa Canada.

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Social Portraits (#socialportraits)

“If Social Portraits was a filter, I’d take more selfies”. – Social Portrait 010 Aimie

Social Portraits is a series of contemporary portrait paintings painted by Mark Stephenson inspired from online social media profile photos then shared online using the hashtag #socialportraits for everyone to see, like, share, and comment on. Mark is out to capture that epic selfie, perfect angle, big moment, the morning after or whatever it is that you have used to represent your carefully crafted online persona.

Social Portraits brings art, social media and people together in an engaging project that begins online and ends in a physical gallery. A goal of 100 Social Portraits has been set and Mark is currently steadily working towards that.

As the portraits are completed Mark is posting images on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Ello etc. and on the Social Portraits website while using the hashtag #socialportraits.

Social Portraits has been funded through a successful crowdfunding campaing, have a look at the Kickstarter.

Would you like to cover this as a story, here is my Media Release for Social Portraits (pdf).

Media Coverage: CTV Morning Live (video), Metro: Modern-day portraits: Ottawa artist turns selfies into oil paintings, Apt613: Social Portraits: Where social media meets artistry, Ottawa/Gatineau culture blog Faison-ici and the Ottawa Citizen.

I'm sharing my crowdfunding knowledge on the Ottawa Art Council's web site, Part 1 - Pre Launch.

  • SP 001 - A Beginning
  • SP 003 - Michael
  • SP 004 - Darcy
  • SP 005 - Mhadi
  • SP 006 - Carolynn
  • SP 007 - Marc
  • SP 008 - Erik
  • SP 009 - John
  • SP 010 - Aime
  • SP 011 - Lillian
  • SP 012 - Megan
  • SP 013 - Tiana
  • SP 014 - Justy
  • SP 015 - Daniel
  • SP 016 - Crystal
  • SP 017 - Kristina
  • SP 018 - Stephane
  • SP 019 - Kris

Drawings

Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Charcoal Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson

Paintings

Windows of Opportunity (detail) Oil Painting by Mark Stephenson
Golden, Oil Painting by Mark Stephenson
Oil Painting by Mark Stephenson
Pondering (detail) Oil Painting by Mark Stephenson
Oil Painting by Mark Stephenson
Oil Painting by Mark Stephenson

The List

"Are you on The List, you know that elite, get you into places list? No, well come sit in a chair worthy of a VIP for a moment or two, while Mark creates a piece of art based on you and your VIP qualities."

The List is an art installation at Nuit Blanche Ottawa that provided both a spectator and a individual VIP experience. The willing participants (VIPs) we’re greeted, walked the red carpet and sat in a chair within an exclusive, decorated, open air lit space. At that point, Mark talked with the VIPs while creating a quick gestural abstracted portrait sketch. Once complete the portrait was revealed, set aside to dry, and hung on a purpose built structure for all to see. Before the participant left, they we're pin that lets people know, “Hey, I’m on the List!”.

The List grew over the course of the night, final count involved 100 paintings but represents many more VIPs than that. Many times groups of 2, 3, 4 and 5 would come in together and be represented as a group in one painting.

Fun Facts:

  • Used reclaimed interior latex paint.
  • Design and fabricated painting tools, structure, hooks and panels
  • Painted from 6 till 4 am
  • Mark Painting
  • Mark Painting
  • Mark Painting
  • Mark Painting
  • Finished paintings hanging at NBOG
  • Finished paintings hanging at NBOG
  • Finished paintings hanging in Mark's studio
  • Finished paintings hanging in Mark's studio
  • Finished paintings hanging in Mark's studio
  • Finished paintings hanging in Mark's studio
  • Finished paintings hanging in Mark's studio
  • Finished paintings hanging in Mark's studio

NBOG Firefly

Firefly is a wearable, social light installation. These playful, wearable Firefly pendants, flow through various light sequences, based on human contact and socialization patterns, engaging their audiences into discussion and exchange. From a vantage point the keepers of the fireflies will paint an array of light, data and human interaction into a new space. 250 Fireflies we’re distributed at the opening event of the Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau 2013 festival.

Firefly is an artistic collaboration between Mark Stephenson, Michael Grant and Darcy Whyte.

This project received funding and assistance from RecycleYourElectronics.ca, the Awesome Ottawa Foundation and ArtEngine and has recently received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council for continued development on the project. Version 2 is underway and will be revealed soon.

  • Michael Darcy and Mark posing with their Fireflies
  • Firefly at the Artists Launch Party
  • Firefly at the RecycleYourElectronics.ca Booth
  • Firefly at NBOG Basecamp Launch Party
  • Photo of the Firefly
  • Firefly at the Ottawa Mini Maker Fair
Ontario Arts Council

HipsterMonocle

The HipsterMonocle is a small laser cut monocle like object with a handle and interchangeable lenses. The HipsterMonocle takes it’s inspiration from photo haring apps Instagram and Facebook. The monocle adopts the square photo format, rounds the corners and even has coloured lenses responding to the concept of filters. All said and done, it’s a fun, social analogue to Instagram.

Eventually the project comes full circle back to the online space with a web site that documents the use of the HipsterMonocle online via photos tagged with #hipstermonocle.

This project started as a concept exploration used as part of Mark's Designing for Laser cutting workshop. The project has since had a couple commissions; one for the Creative Cities Summit in Ottawa in 2013 and for a fundraiser for Nuit Blanche Ottawa + Gatineau 2014. For the NBOG fundraiser a new version of the monocle has been developed that has a specific connection to the theme of Detour.

  • Dual HipsterMonocles
  • Original HipsterMonocle with no lens
  • HipsterMonocle in use
  • HipsterMonocle in use
  • HipsterMonocle in use
  • Hand painted lenses
  • Creative Cities Summit HipsterMonocle packages
  • Creative Cities Summit HipsterMonocle
  • Nuite Blanche Ottawa Gatineau Limited Editon Detour Hipster Monocle

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