About

 

Contact: mark@mrk-z.com

 

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I'm a graphic designer and photographer, originally from Hangzhou, China, currently based in Boston, USA. 

My works are deeply inspired by the diversity of cultures, people, and places of this world, and greatly shaped by my travel experiences and my personal quest to become a polyglot.

My design works investigate the translation and interpretation between cultures and languages, both literally and visually. The language barrier has prevented many people from fully appreciating other cultures and languages, or even lead to prejudice or misunderstanding. As a response, I use graphic design as a tool to translate certain aspects of cultures and languages into visual systems that transcend language barriers. With the help of calligraphy and typography, I explore the roles of languages in their linguistic functions as well as artistic qualities, and build visual systems that could be interpreted even without knowing the specific language, but at the same create variable experiences based on viewers’ linguistic background. Historical research also plays an important role in my works, as it helps establish my works in a broader context in space and time, to give the viewers a glimpse into a bigger and richer world.

My photography works explore the documentation of urbanscape in time and space, as well as the human interactions with it. The urbanscape we see and live in today is not only a physical space for daily activities to take place, but also the culmination of hundreds or thousands years of human development. Every interaction we have with the city could either be a fleeting moment compared to its long history, or have long-lasting impact on what the cityscape may become. By capturing these intentional or unintentional encounters between humans and the urban environment in different parts of the world, I also investigate how these interactions are similar or unique to different places and cultures. At the same time, I examine the nature of photography as in how space and time are consolidated, or distorted, within one two-dimensional frame, and how they are perceived by the human eye. It is always said that “camera is an extension of the eye”, but I believe it is a much more powerful instrument that has the ability to reshape dimensions. With my camera, I become not only an observer, but also a crafter of visual space and time in order to challenge the viewers’ perception and perspectives on this world that we seem to know so well.

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