Artist Makes Studio A Life-Size Playhouse

By Pat Rogers October 2007


Publication:Southampton East; Date: Oct 4, 2007; Section: Arts & Living; Page Number: B3

This is the sixth installment in a series by Press contributor Pat Rogers exploring what artists collect and the ways in which their collections affect their work.

Grown men don’t play with dolls, right? Well, tell that to artist and photographer Mark Seidenfeld. His art studio, which he calls his “laboratory,” is chock full of them. So is his work—whether this means pieces of dolls incorporated as collage in sculpture, miniature figures arranged to conjure fantastic stories or adult women represented in situations designed to push viewers’ buttons or to suggest stories of a cinematic kind.

All of his work borrows something from the philosophy of surrealism. His aesthetic imperatives include the notion that art should contain an element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequiturs. Mr. Seidenfeld collects surrealist art, tribal art, and robots. Lots and lots of robots.