Mark Exline is an award winning scenic designer who holds degrees in Theatre Design and Technology from Florida School of the Arts (AS), Greensboro College (BA), and The University of Missouri: Kansas City (MFA). He has worked extensively in Musical Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, and in New Work Development. Mark also works as an Installation Designer and Studio Artist. His installations have been seen at the Joslyn Museum, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, and Union Station Kansas City.
"I try to think of scenery as more of a puppet than an environment. I find that incorporating light, movement, and unorthodox materials into a design can help make the world of a production feel as alive as the performers, and provide a storytelling structure that is as emotional as it is physical."
In his studio practice, Mark focuses on the idea of "self" as a direct response to his career in the theatre industry. The piece shown here, "Unfiltered #1", uses polaroid photos to create a collage displaying the artist's body for public consumption. This process removes any opportunity for alteration by the artist, a retaliation against contemporary digital photography and social media filters.