Of all the Houston artists who have earned international fame, Mark Flood may be the most mysterious. Although he has been a leading figure of the city’s art scene since the 1980s, thanks to his painting, music and writing, Flood hasn’t exactly stepped into the limelight. Sometimes it feels like he has done everything to avoid that, from avoiding pressure to switching between multiple names and skipping their own openings.
The artist has a new show this weekend, a homecoming of sorts: Mark Flood: A guide for naked investors, which opens on Friday the 3rd. March at Reeves Art + Design. The question is, will the real Mark Flood even be there? He has a reputation for sending surrogates in his place. They will claim to be Flood, and not spoil the character even when it is obvious they are not the real deal. At the opening of ART STARS at the Zack Feuer Gallery in New York in 2012, Flood held an event where 10 men sat at a table for a press conference, each identified by a placard in front of them that read “Mark Flood.”