Mark Philip Venema is a Montreal based visual artist, writer and teacher. Mark studied philosophy, anthropology and studio art. He likes to read and share thoughts on art, politics, culture, theology and religion. That said, his daughters remind him that the unnecessary or excessive questioning can get tiresome, and in his defense he argues that it is one way to stem the stampede of pre-adolescent verbiage at diner table.

Mark has worked and travelled in Angola, South Africa, Kenya, Israel, Europe, mostly Portugal, Korea and North America. He questions why people must write their bios and artists statements in third person.

4 Comments on “Bio”

  1. Regarding the unnecessary questionning — I have always had that kind of reflection over everything ever since I started a design job at Scriptnetics … Having recently developed a particular taste for typography, whenever I watch a movie with friends I sometimes point out interesting typefaces. People just don’t understand! =P

  2. D Wolf says:

    I am all for a little bit of 3rd person now and then. Rather like narrating one’s own life, with a wink. Or allowing for alter-egos. Nicely done.

    A few questions, if you don’t mind.

    I am contemplating the pros & cons of blogging, fighting with the egocentric 21st century quality I find in it, while recognizing the genuine value it can have. So, I’m curious about your experience.

    For example:

    How much of your time are you spending blogging?
    Do you find it freeing, constraining, amusing, enlightening? (Or any other adjective(s) of your choice.)
    Any recommendations for those of us considering it?
    More specifically – your thoughts for those of us compelled to use words and pictures to share the pleasures of the art world, while still wanting PRINT to exist, and wary of the tendency for ADD-internet-reading that comes along with “the new media?”

    Enjoy your writing.

    • Hi D Wolf,

      I am new to the game, so I can’t speak with a great amount of experience, but I am can say that I believe I am starting to get that there is a need for a relationship between blogging and twitter.

      Having said that, I am spending a great of time with twitter. Here is a link I found on blogging with 21 “mistakes” as practical advice:

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