Reflections of an Armchair Arteologist - Photographic Retrospective by Mark Chamberlain

Date: 01.21.2010 - 05.14.2010

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Founders Hall Art Gallery

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Open M-F from 9 am - 5 pm.  Admission Free.  Opening Reception: Feb. 18, 5:30 - 8:30 pm.

 About the Artist

Mark ChamberlainFor over 35 years, Mark Chamberlain has used photography and other art vehicles for social and political commentary.  Artist, author, educator, ardent environmentalist, and self-proclaimed arteologist, his work has brought widespread attention to not only regional issues, but to global concerns as well.  Soka University is proud to host this two-floor exhibition of his work, which complements California State University, Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center's presentation of BC Space: Mything in Action (Feb 6- Apr 11, 2010) featuring works by 42 artists who exhibited at Mark Chamberlain's and Jerry Burchfield's BC Space gallery in Laguna Beach over the past four decades.   For background on exhibition, please see

Review by Peter Clothier       


Artist's Statement

What began with the curiosity of a stranger in a strange land, eventually led me to an appreciation of the power of the photograph to convey much more than just impressions of what was being shot.  While its allegiance to a decisive moment kept me engaged in the Now, I came to appreciate a greater sense of Time itself.  Once my explorations extended to the commonplace around me, I found the joy of an archaeologist digging in very rich terrain.  This perspective offered the opportunity to actively engage the fleeting present, while reflecting the past, and even alluding to the future.  As an arteologist I could also call upon other interests and concerns, without being bound by convention. 

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