Mark Addison Smith
Mark Addison Smith’s design specialization is typographic storytelling: allowing illustrative text to convey a visual narrative through printed matter, artist books, and site installations.
With his on-going, text-based archive, You Look Like The Right Type, Mark has been drawing snippets of overheard conversations every day since 2008 and exhibiting them as larger-scale conversations at spaces including A+D Gallery, The Bakery Atlanta, Foundry Art Centre, Hegyvidek Gallery, and MAGMA Brand Design’s Slanted Magazine.
His artist’s books and type specimens are included within the permanent collections at Brooklyn Museum Artists’ Books Collection, Center for Book Arts (NYC), Getty Research Institute, Guggenheim Museum Library and Archives, Kinsey Institute, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Library of Congress Special Collections Division, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas J. Watson Library, MoMA Franklin Furnace, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, Smithsonian American Art and National Portrait Gallery Artists’ Book Collection, Tate Library, V&A Museum National Art Library, and Yale Special Collections, among others.
Recent contributions to publications include Queer Holdings: A Survey of the Leslie-Lohman Museum Collection (Hirmer, 2019), Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences (Routledge, 2015), and Queering Translation, Translating the Queer (Routledge, 2017).
He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and is an Associate Professor within the Art Department at The City College of New York (CUNY) in New York City.