Mark's work is weird and, at times, unsettling. But he's an extremely skilled craftsman, and that gives him a lot of space to play around with. On a recent studio visit, he showed me a print he'd just made — "Polecephaly," which is pictured below. I asked him how many times he had to run the print through the press — that is, how many layers of colors are in one print. It was more than 20. A lot of artists use more handmade elements in their work, a scratchy line, an uneven brushstroke, a limited palette. But Hosford's meticulous, intentional style opens up the door for psychedelic, unsettling imagery that might otherwise look trite or banal. Think Kara Walker, Laylah Ali, Marcel Dzama.
Check out some examples of Mark's prints and drawings below, and look for posts by and about him throughout the month — including photos of his studio at Vanderbilt and lists of inspirations and influences like old 78s, a Cabbage Patch theme park and Japanese woodcut artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. How's that for diversity?