Marc Dennis


Bold Notion is a study in transformation.

Conceived as a series, Bold Notion embraces and embodies the dynamic nature of CORE:—our space, our community, and our culture—and the artists who inspire us. Modern, playful, and inventive, Bold Notion redefines the club experience.

Curatorial Statement:

Artist Marc Dennis exhibition titled MEMOREX - part of the Bold Notion Art Series on view at the Core Club January 1 to March 31, 2019 curated by LatchKey Gallery founders Natalie Kates and Amanda Uribe.

Is it live or is it Memorex? The title comes from the iconic Memorex advertising campaigns of the 1970’s and 1980’s where live recordings were done on audio cassettes and VHS tapes and then played back, asking audiences if they could tell the difference.

The question of what is real and what is a copy is at the heart of the Memorex Exhibition. As we enter the age of VR and all forms of augmented or distorted reality, how does our brain experience this? How do we relate to the notion of reality and process its layers in traditional painting?
Artist Marc Dennis through his hyper-realistic paintings is asking you, as viewer, to decipher and process what you are seeing. He sets out to create alternate realities intended to strike the eye and seduce the mind using an old Master technique.

The works on view are all hand painted in the troupe-l’oeil style inspired by art history, still life, flora and fauna and pop culture references.

Marc Dennis, Artist                               

Marc Dennis is an American artist known for his hyper-realistic paintings that celebrate the subversive potential of beauty and explore the charged subjects of identity, pleasure and power.

Interested in transformative possibilities Dennis merges various movements throughout the western art historical canon with modern tropes in order to create clever, provocative and fresh paintings rich with hype, narrative and humor where art, history, nature, politics and pop culture intersect.

Born in Danvers, Massachusetts in 1971, Dennis was one of five sons and grew up in and around Boston, Puerto Rico and New Jersey. His father was born and raised in Havana, Cuba; and his mother was born and raised in Roxbury, MA. Marc received his B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and his M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

His works have been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions in New York, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Houston and Seattle among others. His works are in numerous private and public collections, including those of John and Amy Phelan, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, Bill and Maria Bell, Beth DeWoody and Firooz Zahedi, Larry Gagosian, David and Jennifer Stockman, Carl and Donna Hessel, Courtney and Karen Lord, Larry and Marilyn Fields, Nancy Rogers, Sean and Tammy McCarthy, The Neuberger Berman Collection, New York; The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; The Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio, The MIN Art Museum, Guadalajara, Mexico: and the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California among others.