TINSQUO (tinz’ kwo) is a real-time performance of painter Mark Roth’s working process masquerading as a blog. It tracks the forward edge of studio life.
The name TINSQUO is short for "There Is No Status Quo." Janna Olson is the site’s editor and co-curator.
process as practice
TINSQUO’s artblog format offers multiple points of entry:
• The latest drawings and acrylic paintings are posted day-by-day, filling thumbnail galleries that chart development of concerns and artistic vocabulary.
• Monthly Palette calendars make visual the working regimen.
• “Process Posts” present “behind the scenes” glimpses into the mechanics of free play and vocabulary refinement.
• Time-lapse digital videos record the start-to-finish evolution of each oil painting.
• Selected Writings address Mastery distilled, reviews, features, Links in the Link Age, and biographical details.
• Public Projects extend the mission of creative advocacy beyond the province of the blog, building toward community artmaking.
The drawing and acrylic painting posts are in-the-moment works from the daily process.
These paintings – virtual and material - often resurface as constituent elements of digital compositions. These digital works may serve as the basis for oil paintings and act akin to the cartoons of old - when full-scale works were executed in preparation for frescoes and tapestries.
The oil paintings are the lodestar towards which this fractal complexity drives. Charting long-term developmental processes is the narrative unfolding on TINSQUO.
In embracing a work of art, you become an artist of your own experience. In this spirit, works featured on TINSQUO are available for collection. Contact - Mark@TINSQUO.com.