Mark Danitschek is a sculptor, musician and scientist whose work emphasizes form and surface.
His recent abstract sculptures highlight active composition with form suggesting color. The interaction between positive and negative space is emphasized. When observing an abstract piece, the artist’s goal is for the observer to see shape and color without added pattern or texture.
His earlier figurative work draws inspiration from the Bay Area figurative movement. The sometimes larger than life figures are calm and sedate in pose with action found in the surface finish.
From his early career as a musician and recording engineer to his involvement with ceramic sculpture and his most recent work in abstract sculpture, he has always loved developing and fine turning the process. He has an innate interest in how things work, what is on the inside and how things fit together. This curiosity led him to explore art and science by using geometric ratios in his sculpture and three-dimensional pattern and form in science.
His current larger abstract work consists of Baltic birch with calcined mineral stains of his own formulation. The smaller abstracts are typically cast bronze. His earlier ceramic figurative pieces were formed around an armature with glazes developed from his expertise with industrial surface finishes.
His work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout California. He is currently represented by Edna Contemporary Fine Art in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Exhibitions and Awards:
2023 - Edna Contemporary, Mark & Amanda Danitschek Collaborative Show
2022 - Art Center Morro Bay, On and Off the Wall, Juror
2021 - San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Revisiting the Vessel
2021 - Art Center Morro Bay, Tomorrow's Sculpture
2019 - San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, The 3rd Dimension, Juror's Award
2019 - Phantom Project 18, SLOMA PopUp Gallery
2018 - John Natsoulas Gallery, 30 Artist Show, CCACA conference
2017 - John Natsoulas Gallery, 30 Artist Show, CCACA conference
2016 - John Natsoulas Gallery, 30 Artist Show, CCACA conference
2016 - Natsoulas Gallery, Amanda & Mark Danitschek Collaborative Show
2015 - John Natsoulas Gallery, 30 Artist Show, CCACA conference
2014 - John Natsoulas Gallery, 30 Artist Show, CCACA conference
2014 - John Natsoulas Gallery, Small Works Show
2014 - The Artery, California Clay Competition
2014 - Blue Line Gallery, America's ClayFest, Roseville CA
2013 - Lark Books, 500 Prints on Clay
2013 - Santa Cruz Art League, Black and White Show, Honorable Mention
2013 - Blue Line Gallery, America's ClayFest, Roseville CA
2013 - ACGA National Clay and Glass Juried Exhibition, Brea CA
2011 - ACGA Artist's of California Book
2011 - The Artery, California Clay Competition, Davis CA
2011 - East Bay Clay Award, California Clay Competition, Davis CA
2011 - Santa Cruz Art League, Go Figure Show, Santa Cruz CA
2010 - The Artery, California Clay Competition, Davis CA
2009 - John Natsoulas Gallery, Small Works, Miniatures and Maquettes
2009 - Art Museum of Los Gatos, LGAA juried show, Second Place
2008 - West Valley College, Solo Student Show, Saratoga CA
2008 - Art Museum of Los Gatos, LGAA juried show, Honorable Mention
2006 - Art Museum of Los Gatos, LGAA juried show, Honorable Mention