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“Before I was a mason I was an artist. I started writing poetry in high school and by 1975 I was painting my poems on barns in Maine and walls in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I built poems in neon, towed poems through the sky with airplanes and flashed poems on a billboard in Times Square. Was I a poet or visual artist? I have always felt corralled by labels and categories. Visual artist. Craftsman. Mason. Sculptor. Poet. Artisan. To me it is only my work and when it overflows one category and spills into another, so what?”

–Mark Mendel

Four Barns

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Four Barns
Redwing, Minnesota . 1982.
Four barns for the four seasons.
Sponsor: Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis College of Art & Design.
Group Show: When Words Become Works

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