Mark Hereld’s work dances back and forth across the imaginary border between Science and Art. He manipulates light, cold, the void, time, refined dirts, and information to create machines (both real and virtual), paintings, mixed media pieces, and new media works that explore the nature of the abstractions that circumscribe our relationships to one another and to our physical world. His work is currently focused on complexity.

His work on “Random Sky” has been written about in articles in the Chicago Tribune, Architectural Review, Art in America, and Time Out Chicago. He appeared in the fourth season of the PBS television series, Art in the Twenty-First Century (Art:21), episode: Ecology. His work on the Digital Façade of the newly renovated Hyde Park Art Center has been widely praised.

He is a member of the Images Gallery Cooperative in Chicago.


1984 PhD in Physics (minor Computer Science) at the California Institute of Technology
1980 MS in Physics at the California Institute of Technology
1978 BS in Engineering Physics (minor Computer Science) at the University of California, Berkeley


Images Gallery, Chicago, IL, Group Show, “Image*n”, 2007

Hyde Park Art Center, Invited Contribution, “Just Good Art”, 2007

Images Gallery, Chicago, IL, Group Show, “Waypoints”, 2006

Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, “Molecular”, 2006

1280 x 1024 real-time digital output; single channel; high resolution video camera monitoring movement and light on the ballroom floor at oblique angle; continuous computer vision program analysis of video input used to generate live interactive projected imagery. Commissioned piece for the civic dinner welcoming incoming President Robert Zimmer to the University of Chicago and to the city of Chicago.

Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, Collaboration on Random Sky in “Inigo Manglano-Ovalle: Blinking out of Existance”, 2006

Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, Group Show, “Takeover”, 2006

Hyde Park Art Center, The Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Random Sky”, 2006

7680 × 1024 resolution, continuous real-time digital output; single channel, 10-projection screens; weather transmitter with temperature, barometric, wind speed and direction instrumentation; 7 channel sound 2006. Random Sky is a collaboration between Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Mark Hereld, and Rick Gribenas. A weather station feeds data, of the
current weather conditions just outside of the Hyde Park Art Center, to a network of computers that then generate the image and sound that is projected.
Images Gallery, Chicago, IL, Solo Show, “Uminations”, 2004


“Code like paint”, in Participatory Autonomy, Edited and curated by Rick Gribenas, distributed by Autonomedia, 2007.

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