MARK WHY (aka MARK YAPPUEYING) — CONTACT@MARKWHY.COM

CV
b. 1991 in New York—raised in Michigan. Currently in Toledo, OH.

BIO
Mark Why (or Mark Yappueying for short) was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Southeast Michigan. Why received his BFA in New Media at the University of Toledo in 2016. He self-published his first photography and machine illustrations book, “Ink on Paper”, in 2016, which focused on a binary understanding between machine and human aesthetic in image-making. Why explores the exchange of elements found in digital media and the natural world. Why currently lives in Toledo, Ohio where he has also exhibited his first solo exhibition.

EDUCATION
BFA New Media Design Practices, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 2016
AAS Graphic Design & Digital Media, Monroe County Community College, Monroe, MI, 2012

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Strange Terrain, River House Arts / Contemporary Art Toledo, Toledo, OH, 2016

GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES
Wearable Conditions, University of Toledo/Toledo Museum of Art, Video Installation, 2017 
Studio62, Video Installation/Performance, Toledo Museum of Art Glass Studio, Toledo, OH, 2016
UT Digital Art Billboard Exhibition, Lamar Advertising, Toledo OH, 2016
Juried Student Exhibition, Center for Visual Arts, Toledo, OH, 2016
BFA Thesis Exhibition, Center for Visual Arts, Toledo, OH, 2016
Wearable Conditions, Center for the Visual Arts/Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, 2016 
UT Digital Art Billboard Exhibition, Lamar Advertising, Toledo OH, 2015
Juried Student Exhibition, Center for Visual Arts, Toledo, OH, 2015
Ephemeral, Stranahan Theatre, Toledo, OH, 2015
Shapes, Performance, Center for the Visual Arts, Toledo, OH, 2015
Wearable Conditions, Center for the Visual Arts/Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, 2015 
Artomatic 419, The Arts Commission, One Lake Erie Center, Toledo, OH, 2015
Haircuts, Performance, Center for the Visual Arts Gallery, Toledo, OH, 
2014 Juried Student Exhibition, Center for Visual Arts, Toledo, OH, 2014
Faux Space, Ritter Observatory, Toledo, OH, 2014
Popcorn Posters Summer Show, AIGA Toledo, Secor Ballroom, Toledo, OH, 2014 
UT Digital Art Billboard Exhibition, Lamar Advertising, Toledo OH, 2013
‘Tis the Secor, Secor Gallery, Toledo, OH, 2013
(sound), Stranahan Arboretum, Toledo, OH, 2012
Stories from Toledo, Lamar Advertising, Toledo, OH, 2012 ‘Tis the Secor, Secor Gallery, Toledo, OH, 2012


PUBLICATIONS
Ink on Paper, self-published, 2016
Ink on Paper: Limited Edition, self-published, edition of 13, 2016
Situation, Problem, Thing: BFA Thesis, self-published, 2016
Wearable Conditions 2016, Exhibition Catalogue, Art Director, University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts, 2016
Piece it Together, Exhibition Catalogue, Editor, University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts, 2016
Holly Branstner, Black Noise, Exhibition Catalogue, Graphic Designer, University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts, 2016
CVA Newsletter, Founder/Editor/Designer, University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts, 2015–2016
Ready to Hand | Present at Hand, Exhibition Catalogue, Graphic Designer, University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts, 2015 
Wearable Conditions 2015, Exhibition Catalogue, Art Director, University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts, 2015

CURATION
Piece it Together, Co-curated with Brian E. Carpenter, Works by Sheida Soleimani & Shanna Merola, Center for the Visual Arts, 2015

SELECT CLIENTS / COMMISSIONS
Contemporary Art Toledo, Identity/Branding/Graphic Design, 2017 [catoledo.org]
Promedica/Toledo Museum of Art, Anima, with TMA Glass Studio & Hans Ruebel, Promedica Health & Wellness Center, Permanent Installation, 2017 
Jade Vases, Hole (LP), Album Art, 2017
Avalon Housing, Graphic Design, 2017 [avalonhousing.org]
Riverside Insurance, Identity/Branding/Design, 2017
Boonie Patch Co., Cosmic String, Accessory Design, 2017
Canis Major, Identity/Branding/Graphic Design, 2017
The Mix: Blo Out (Auction), The Arts Commission, Commissioned Artwork, 2017
River House Arts, Identity/Branding/Graphic Design, 2015–2017 [riverhousearts.com]
Eric Zeigler, Identity/Branding/Graphic Design, 2016–2017 [ericzeigler.com]
Bylta, Videography/Photography, 2016 [bylta.net]
Culture Clash Records, Apparel Design, 2016
The Mix: Curve Ball (Auction), Commissioned Artwork, The Arts Commission, 2016
Servis, Servis (EP), Album Art, 2016
University of Toledo: Dept. of Art, Ceremonial Stole, Accessory Design, 2016
Ben Schonberger: Hammer, 3D Production Assistant, 2015–2016
Engineering Connections Mural, College of Engineering, University of Toledo, Mural Design/Permanent Installation, 2015
Tilly The Time Traveling Earthworm, WGTE / PBS, Television/Motion Graphics, 2015
The City, University of Toledo/Toledo Museum of Art, Exhibition Graphic Design, 2015
14KT Exchange, Identity/Branding/Graphic Design, 2013 [14ktexchange.com]
Skylights, On Blast (EP), Album Art, 2013
Skylights, Invincible (EP), Album Art, 2012

PUBLIC SPEAKING
Localeyes, Toledo Museum of Art, Public Tour, Guest Artist, 2017

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work is based on examinations of the abstract the frameworks of which we identify dimensional believability. Form and structure inspire a highly aestheticized emphasis on the interplay between two and three-dimensionality confronting the lines of perception, connectivity, patternicity, and societal forces.