Mark Taylor is a filmmaker and visual artist who lives and works in San Francisco and Mokelumne Hill, CA.


2014 — “The End Is Always Near”, 34 pages, edition of 3 artist proofs
1. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

2011 — “Box Set,” 8 pages, edition of 4 plus 1 artist proof and 1 exhibition copy
1. Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
2. Standford University, Palo Alto, CA
3. University of California, Los Angeles, CA
4. Library of Congress, Washington, DC

2011 — individual pages from “Box Set” (edition of 3, & 2 artist proofs)
1. New York Public Library, New York, NY
2. Dartmouth Hood Museum, Hanover, NH
3. Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
3. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2006 — “Sensing the World by Echo,” book and DVD, 37 pages, edition of 15 plus 5 artists proofs
1. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
3. University of Connecticut
4. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 — “Gravity Spells: Bay Area New Music and Expanded Cinema,” KALA Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2014 — “The Boston Printmakers Selects,” Southern Graphics International Conference, San Francisco, CA

2013 — “Boston Printmakers 2013 North American Biennial,” Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA
2013 — “No Dead Artists,” Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2012 — “Strictly Vinyl,” Storefront Lab, San Francisco, CA
2012 — “Stretch & Expose,” San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco, CA
2012 — Recent Graduates Exhibition, Affordable Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA

2011 — Aqua Art Fair, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
2011 — “WHAT in the WORLD,” California Bank of Commerce, Lafayette, CA

Selected Solo and Two-Person Shows

2014 — “Box Set,” Minneapolis Institute of the Arts’ MacMIllan Atrium/Target Wing for Modern and Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN

2013 — “A Brief History of Nowhere,” NIAD, Richmond, CA

2012 — “Round Things,” Factory Outlet Gallery, Mokelumne Hill, CA

2011 — “Colorwheel,” Project Space, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA

2010 — “At Times I Think and At Times I Am,” PLAySPACE Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009 — “The Story Behind the ‘Pig Boy’ Story,” Factory Outlet Gallery, Mokelumne Hill, CA

Filmography (with selected exhibitions, awards and acquisitions)

Sensing the World by Echo (Digital, color, 17:31) 2006
Includes film and limited edition hand-made book.

Book acquired by the Artist Book Collection at the New York Museum of Modern Art, among others (see above).

Mix Festival, New York, NY 2006; San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, San Francisco, CA 2006; Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI 2007; Inside Out Festival, Toronto, Canada 2007; Madrid Interational Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Madrid, Spain 2006; Tekfestival, Rome, Italy 2007; Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany 2007

Lesson 9 (16mm, color, 16:00) 1999
Purchased for broadcast by BBC-TV, England, 2002. Received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship and the Tzabaco/Frameline Film Completion Fund

SBS-TV, Australia, 2002; MIX Mexico Tour, Mexico 2000, Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Turin, Italy 2000; Out on Screen, Vancouver, Canada 2000; London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, London, England, 2000; San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, San Francisco, CA 1999; Western Australia Film Festival, Fremantle, Australia, 1999

My Daddy and Animal Daddies (Video, color, 13:00) 1994
The Knitting Factory, MIX Festival, New York, NY 1996; Video Tensions, Tucson, AZ 1996; P.S. 122, New York, NY 1995; Special Merit – U. S. Super-8 Film & Video Festival, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ 1995; Athens International Film Festival, Athens, OH 1995; New York Underground Film Festival, New York, NY 1995; Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL 1995

He Would Have Loved Me To Death (16mm, B/W & color, 10:00) 1992
L’entropot, Paris, France, 1999; R2, Bordeaux, France, 1999; Cinema de Balie, Amsterdam, Holland, 1999; MIX Festival Tour – various Brazil & Mexico, 1997; Schullesbisches Filmfestival, Berlin, Germany 1994; Filmforum, Los Angeles, CA 1994; DaKino Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania 1993; Int’l Audiovisual Experimental Film Festival, Arnhem, The Netherlands 1993; The Kitchen, New York, NY 1993; UC Theater, Berkeley, CA 1993; Sinking Creek, Nashville, TN 1993; Athens Film Festival, Athens, OH 1993; Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL 1993

Jane (16mm, B/W & Color, 9:00) 1989
MIX Festival Tour – various, Mexico, 1997; Alternative Film Festival of Barcelona, Barcelona,Spain 1996; Anthology Film Archive, New York, NY 1994; Mix Festival Tour, Brazil 1994; 99-Cent Film Festival, New York, NY 1993; Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI 1990; Athens Film Festival, Athens, OH 1990

Awards and Residencies

2012 — Artist-in-Residence, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA.
2012 — Arts Journalism Fellow, USC Annenberg/Getty, Los Angeles, CA.

2009 — “The past isn’t what it used to be: the troubled homes of Mad Men,” JUMP CUT: A Review of Contemporary Media, No. 51, Spring 2009


2013 — “B-52s” mentioned in BU Today review of 2013 Boston Printmaker’s Biennial Exhibition, “The Best in Printmaking at 808 Gallery”

2011 — “Box Set” singled out in Art in America’s list of “Ten Highlights From the Editions/Artists Book Fair.”

Awards, Grants and Residencies

2009 — All College Honors, Non-fiction Writing, California College of the Arts
1999 — Tzabaco/Frameline Film Completion Fund for Lesson 9
1994 — National Endowment for the Arts’ Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship


2011 — Masters of Fine Arts, California College of the Arts , San Francisco, CA

1989 — Bachelor of Arts, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Related Experience

2000-2011 — Senior Interactive Producer/Online Arts Editor, KQED, San Francisco, CA

Creator and Producer of Gallery Crawl, a monthly arts podcast; Mix Tape, a monthly new music program and The Writers’ Block, a weekly reading series distributed by NPR.

1996-2000 — Film Festival Director/Exhibition Coordinator, Film Arts Foundation, San Francisco, CA

1994-1995 — Communications Coordinator, P.O.V./The American Documentary, New York, NY

Artist Statement

I rob from the graveyard of pop culture and splice together new creations (screen prints, sculptures, videos and collages) that feed off the history of cherished objects. I excavate, reuse and reanimate pop artifacts in service of a personal narrative. Set inside an increasingly virtual, digital universe cluttered with the remains of material culture, my work explores how possessions can also possess.


Mark Taylor is visual artist and experimental filmmaker who lives and works in San Francisco and Mokelumne Hill, CA. He has been making experimental films since 1985, but has just begun making other kinds of objects after recently receiving an MFA from the California College of the Arts. Well, maybe that’s not entirely true; Taylor dabbled in performance, poetry and bookmaking in the 1980s and then made a limited-edition book, Sensing the World by Echo, in 2006, which now resides in the Artist Book collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the University of Southern California, and the University of Connecticut, among others. Up until a few years ago, Taylor primarily saw himself as a filmmaker, producing short, mostly 16mm films that have screened in festivals, galleries and museums around the world. His film, Lesson 9, received an NEA grant, was distributed by Frameline and was purchased for broadcast by the BBC in England.

Today, Taylor pretty much makes whatever he wants in whatever format (primarily screen print, video, film, photography, text, etc) is appropriate to the project at hand. He likes to excavate and reuse cultural detritus to his own narrative ends, and is always on the lookout for new ways to tell stories regardless of medium and often without language. His artist books have been collected by the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, Stanford University, U.S.C., U.C.L.A., San Francisco’s Palace of the Legion of Honor, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others.

Mark Taylor was born in Paso Robles, CA in 1964.