How to Make a Rainbow #1, 2020, Acrylic, Pencil on Pre-Primed Panel, 57 visible time intervals above panel, 12 x 12 x 3/4 inches.
Mark Rentschler writes about his methodical painting process: "How to Make a Rainbow is a series of paintings created with methods I use to investigate time in drawing and painting. To produce a visible record of time, I alternate and partially superimpose pencil lines and areas of rainbow-colored paint, experimenting with simple principles including younger-over-older and younger-cuts-older. The physical evidence of earlier time intervals may be obscured by events occurring in later time intervals. Pencil lines are numbered by time interval to document the passage of time and show plainly what I did at each step in the process of creation. My work is concerned with events in my life and the world, and the human desire to investigate and understand."
Mark Rentschler grew up in rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. As an adult, he moved among the fields of art, science, and international environmental and human rights policy and advocacy. In 2001, Mark earned an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has exhibited work in Ann Arbor MI, Chautauqua NY, Cleveland OH, Orlando FL, Newark NJ, New York City, and Washington DC. Mark moved back to Pennsylvania in 2013 to become a full-time caregiver for his mother and (late) father. All of these experiences relate directly to his art.