Mark Arellano (°1973, Oakland) makes films and photos. By focusing on techniques and materials, Arellano considers making art a craft which is executed using clear formal rules and which should always refer to social reality. His films are notable for their perfect finish and tactile nature. This is of great importance and bears witness to great craftsmanship. With a subtle minimalistic approach, he creates work in which a fascination with the clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal art can be found. The work is aloof and systematic and a cool and neutral imagery is used. His practice provides a useful set of allegorical tools for manoeuvring with a pseudo-minimalist approach in the world of film: these meticulously planned works resound and resonate with images culled from the fantastical realm of imagination. Mark Arellano currently lives and works in San Francisco Bay Area.