Although I drew quite a bit as a child, I was not actually drawn to making art until my first year of college. I went to a small liberal arts college in Putney, Vermont, where I started as a math major. By chance I took an art class with Charles Ginnever and Peter Forakis and realized right then that that’s what I really wanted to do. I graduated with a BFA in sculpture and went to work for a sculptor named Robert Perless, who was building an all steel structure. That’s when I learned to love steel. I still love math as well and find it so wonderfully abstract and creative that I am nourished by it.
I have always made art regardless if its degree of visibility. As a cabinetmaker I use materials from the construction trades—glass, wood, steel, plaster, and leaded copper used for roof flashing. There is an honesty to them, and they come together in a balanced way that is my aesthetic equivalent to solving an equation. Equally important are the studies and mixed media collages that I have kept going daily as a continuous exploration and unfolding of the creative process.
Moving out here has allowed me access to what I consider its most precious resource: The water—the ocean and the bay. I’ve spent a lot of time on the water, racing sailboats and kayaks. I always look for the currents on top of the water, how the wind is bending around a point or where I can get “free” energy from these elements. It’s about being totally in the moment and letting the nature around me guide me. This is very much like my process with art.
about the artist
Mark Webber was born in Manhattan and graduated with a BFA in sculpture from SUNY Purchase in 1978. He moved to Sag Harbor in 1999 with his wife, a photographer, and daughter. He has worked as a cabinet maker and fine furniture building at Custom Woodworking Design since 1981.
Webber has shown in group exhibitions at Guild Hall and Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton, NY, the Sara Nightingale Gallery in Watermill, NY, East End Collected at the Southampton Arts Center, Art Garden Landman, Southampton, NY, and at the Boston Biennial. He was also selected for the 2016 East End Arts Annual National Show.