Mark Chamberlain


Mark Chamberlain
Saving Green
Photograph, 2015
26 x 38 inches
Courtesy of BC Space
Value: $2,400
Starting bid: $1,200

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Mark Chamberlain is a photographic, environmental, and installation artist as well as a gallery owner and curator. He was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. As a student at the University of Iowa, he received a BA in Political Science in 1965 and an MBA in 1967. He became interested in photography while serving in the military during the Vietnam era. In 1969 he moved to Southern California, aspiring to open a photography gallery. In 1973, with partner Jerry Burchfield, he co-founded BC Space Gallery and Photographic Art Services in Laguna Beach. Solely operated by Chamberlain since 1987, this is one of the longest continually running fine art photography galleries in the country. At BC Space, Chamberlain hosts community, political, and solstice events, as well as theatrical and musical performances. He has been involved in several long-term photographic projects, including the Laguna Canyon Project (1980–2010); the Legacy Project (2002), documenting the transition of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro into the Orange County Great Park; and the ten-year-long River Tales odyssey, documenting the entire length of the Mississippi River in video and still photographs, which will be completed in 2017.

Selected collections
Laguna Art Museum
Orange County Museum of Art
Cincinnati Art Museum

Selected exhibitions
Laguna Canyon Project, Laguna Art Museum
BC Space: Mything in Action, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana
Reflections of an Armchair Arteologist, Soka University, Aliso Viejo

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