Mark Van Norman - Fine Artist

Mark Van Norman

Benicia, CA - United States

 
 
 

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Mark Van Norman

Benicia, CA - United States

Mark Van Norman - Fine Artist

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I come to the arts by a particularly torturous path. Trained as a programmer, architect, and professor, most of my work is involved the manipulation of form in one way or another. I was one of the very first people to use computers to manipulate architectural form. I designed a computer program, Modelshop, to make it easier for architects and those without programming experience to actually use the computer to model buildings in three dimensions.

As a teacher, I have taught everything from astronomy to architecture. I found that I most like teaching students the manipulation of form through cutting cardboard and other simple materials. I delight in the fact that they find that they can create beauty from such simple stuff.

On retiring from professional life, I find I finally have time for the construction of objects which are not traditional architectural models but not yet large enough to be architecture or traditional sculpture. These objects tend to be maquettes for sculpture and architecture which are not intended to be built.

Two dimensional works have actually come harder to me. I started out with mathematical diagrams and drawings, and they still remain of interest to me. Of most interest for me is the taking of natural form and converting it to an abstraction which I find pleasing. I find that the variety of natural forms in Google Earth and the variety of forms in maps and photographs of simple objects to be a tremendous starting place.

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Mark Van Norman - Luxembourg/Louvre

Luxembourg/Louvre

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Mark Van Norman - Left Dragonfly Wing XI

Left Dragonfly Wing XI

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right dragonfly wing XI

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Mark Van Norman - South Manhattan

South Manhattan

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Mark Van Norman - Hong Kong 6

Hong Kong 6

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Mark Van Norman - Newton

Newton's Alphabet

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Small manhattan 3

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Hong Kong 5

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Mark Van Norman - Amiens

Amiens

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Mark Van Norman - Dar es Salaam Slums

Dar es Salaam Slums

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Mark Van Norman - World Cities Grey

World Cities Grey

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Mark Van Norman - Sparkle Dam

Sparkle Dam

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Mark Van Norman - 3 Gorges 7

3 Gorges 7

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Mark Van Norman - Hong kong 2

Hong kong 2

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Mark Van Norman - Paris No Gold

Paris No Gold

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Mark Van Norman - Downtown Ulan Bataar

Downtown Ulan Bataar

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Mark Van Norman - Hi res Tilled Field

Hi res Tilled Field

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Mark Van Norman - New Path

New Path

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Mark Van Norman - Jupiter Cross

Jupiter Cross

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Mark Van Norman - SW Paris Chunk

SW Paris Chunk

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Mark Van Norman - Blade

Blade

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Mark Van Norman - Bart tracks hires

Bart tracks hires

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Mark Van Norman - Colorful Skewed Orchards

Colorful Skewed Orchards

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Mark Van Norman - Mitre Saw

Mitre Saw

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