For his new series, Mark Penner Howell is exploring the element of the absurd across a range of subjects. Wit and irony have always played a large role his work. The absurdities of our world are sometimes so overwhelming that humor seems a relevant and honest way to respond. In his work, this shows up in the kind of disparate images, and sometimes text, that are combined to create cultural “Rorschach” paintings, onto which viewers can project their own personal and cultural associations. The intent is to create works that are humorous, but also hopeful.