Mark Havens


Out Of Season

Wildwood is a small barrier island at the tip of southern New Jersey. Through an improbable combination of economics, geography and chance, it contains a national treasure: the highest concentration of mid-century modern hospitality architecture in the United States. A short 3-month tourist season combined with a working-class veneer resulted in Wildwood’s motels remaining virtually unchanged – frozen in time – for over 40 years. But more than half of Wildwood’s motels have been demolished in recent years and for those that remain, the future is in doubt.



Displacement is an examination of primary aesthetic memories – the fragments of remembered color and shape that become the building blocks of our sensibilities. The images traffic in a mystery and meaning far beyond their origin in the plastic model car decals of the artist’s boyhood. These slivers of memory are transmuted through scale and structure, revealing – or more precisely, exhuming – a cognitive universe of memory, emotion and desire.

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Artist Bio

Mark Havens is a Philadelphia-based artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries nationwide. Reviews of his work have appeared in a variety of publications including Title Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer as well as online venues such as Flak Photo and Curated. In addition to his studio practice, Mark is a full-time professor at Philadelphia University, where he is the director of the Industrial Design Program’s foundation year.

Selected Exhibitions

Continental Gallery, Austin, TX
Curator: Tom Hohman

Gravy Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Emma Stern

Slingluff Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Jonathan Slingluff

Jagr Projects, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: John Levitties

Johalla Projects, Chicago, IL
Curator: James Pepper Kelly

Champions of Empty Rooms, Pop-Up Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Jessica Clark

Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA
Curator: Gordon Stettinius

The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Curator: Charles Guice

Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
Curator: Katherine Ware

Studio Christensen, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Rick DeCoyte

Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York, NY
Curator: Sasha Wolf

Samson Gallery, Boston, MA
Curator: Camilo Alvarez

Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY
Curator: Shane Zucker

ArtSpace Gallery, Richmond, VA
Curator: Santa DeHaven

AxD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Crystal Usoro

Part Time Studios, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Seth Shimkonis

Artspace Liberti, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Rob Matthews

Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY
Curator: Daniel Cooney


(partial list)
Newton, Karen “Welcome Exposure,” Styleweekly, July 16, 2013

Ritchie, Amy “Peaking at UnBound2,” Richmond Arts Review, July 13, 2013

Barkey, Douglas “Summer Announces Itself,” Fotonotes, June 11, 2013

Johnson, Todd “Color: The Revolution,” (Monograph), November 2012

Weymouth, Monica “The Good Fight,” The Philadelphia Metro, November 12, 2012

Clark, Jessica Anne “Monster Factory,” Read The Things, November 5, 2012

Slingluff, Leigh “Mark Havens at Gravy,” The Pine Cone Gentleman, October 10, 2012

“Mark Havens,” Philadelphia City Paper, September 28, 2012

Newhall, Edith “Pale Photographs that Could Easily Pass for Paintings,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 21, 2011

Truth, Kimberly “Ten Photos”,, August 21, 2011

Clark, J.A. “So This is Goodbye,” Title Magazine, August 17, 2011

Palan, Erica “So This Is Goodbye: Photos On Wood” Philadelphia Weekly, August 1, 2011

McQuaid, Cate “Chain Letter at Samson,”, July 28, 2011

Hagan, Debbie “Chain Letter,”, July 20, 2011

Cochran, Ryan “Displacement,” Jalopy Journal, June 17, 2011

Wilding, Judith “Displacement – New Work by Mark Havens,” Delicious Industries, June 13, 2011

Perloff, Stephen The Photo Review Newsletter, May/June 2011

Petoskey, Harlo “The Art of Mark Havens,” The Chicane, May 25, 2011

Newhall, Edith “Up Close at Jagr,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 5, 2011

DeCoyte, Rick “Mark Havens at Jagr,” Silicon Fine Art, April 21, 2011

Fischer, David “Displacement: New Works by Mark Havens,” Curated, April 20, 2011

Kantor, Becca “Inaugural Shows,” Art Blog, June 20, 20120

Palan, Erica “Two New Collectives,” Philadelphia Weekly, June 2, 2010

Huckabay, Carolyn “First Friday Focus,” Philadelphia City Paper, June 1, 2010

Adams, Andy “The Collection”,, March 19, 2009



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