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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