May 2005
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Mark England's Studio | photos by Steve Coray ~ text by Dave Holmes

Stroll down the long straight hallway of Poor Yorick Studios (530 West 700 South) at almost any time of day and you are likely to find artist Mark England at work in his studio. The warm summer sun cascades through the skylight, illuminating his generous collection of wall-sized drawings, delicate boxes, and oil paintings.

Two years ago, Mark moved from a modest garage to a studio twice the size, yet he still yearns for more space. Indeed, the scale of his collage artistry requires ample space and many objects for inspiration; delicate figurines, assorted magazines, and colorful bits of fabric and wallpaper are placed on shelves and piled in stacks around the room. England's work includes landscape drawings and paintings as seen from great distances. Applying solvent transfer techniques and using a heightened perspective gives his work a quality of vastness and keeps the viewer's eye searching for hidden surprises, like the tiny figure of a man kneeling on the lakeshore tucked away inside one of England’s music boxes. His vision captures the essence of other art forms; the magical transformation in the ballet “Swan Lake” and the Great Salt Lake's spiral jetty (created by Robert Smithson in 1969) feature prominently in his recent creations.

England spent months upgrading his new studio, adding a library and sitting area where visitors can meet, reflect, and share ideas. He enjoys the community feeling at Poor Yorick; the quiet and respectful atmosphere encourages focus and minimizes distractions. Neighboring artists complete and display their work, creating an environment of friendly competition. England envisions establishing a Monday night artists’ forum in the true spirit of the Paris salon: a private, intimate setting of open discussion and critique, for which his studio would be well suited.

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House Budget Resolution

On Wednesday, March 16, 2005 the U.S. Congress voted 320-102 against an amendment which would reduce the 19 current functional budget categories to 4 functions. The amendment would have "expressed the sense of the House" that the following programs should be eliminated:

National Endowment for the Arts

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Title X Family Planning

Legal Services Corporation

the Advanced Technology Program

Representative Bishop and Representative Cannon voted yes - to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts. Representative Matheson voted no - not to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts.

The amendment was defeated by a vote of 102 ayes to 320 noes. While the five programs would not have been eliminated even if the measure had passed, it would have made securing an increase in NEA funding more difficult since a majority of House Members would be on record as notsupporting the NEA.

We urge you to contact your congressman and express your opinion on their vote on this issue

-- Americans for the Arts has announced that the United States Senate is establishing a new bipartisan caucus dedicated to promoting the arts and humanities within the Senate. If you wish to urge your Senator to join the new Senate Cultural Caucus, all the information you need, along with customizable pre-written letters, are available at Americans for the Arts E-Advocacy Center.

Last summer, Americans for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies generated a grassroots campaign to gauge the interest of Senators in joining an arts caucus in the Senate. The response was resoundingly positive and an influencing factor in establishing the Senate Cultural Caucus.

This new caucus is independent of the Congressional Arts Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, which was established in 1997 and now boasts 182 House-only members. Both caucuses are committed to highlighting the positive impact of the arts in America.

On the Spot

Karen Horne on the spot:

Karen Horne


I'm currently reading Byron Katie's "I need your Love - Is it True?". This book explores the universal quest for approval and I'm fascinated byhow this search can affect or even interfere with our true paths as artists.How are we shaped/ affected by the general public's and the market's response to our artwork? Does the quest to please or to repeat successes prevent us from taking risks?


We continually rotate our art, and own work by many artists- but at the moment the painting above our mantel is a cityscape in snow I painted at Yale. I wanted to reconnect with the freedom of the paint and the clarity of light that's in that work.


I'd go for Matisse. I attended his huge NYC retrospective three times during its run, and adore the patterns, saturated color, and the sensuousness of his paintings. I'd wear something very gypsy-like.

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