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Mark Kochen

Sioux City-based artist Mark Kochen describes his art as “Surrealist-Pop.” He creates works of vivid color and imagination, weaving stories and characters throughout his art. Kochen’s paintings are invigorating to view; each features countless layers of complexity. Despite the whimsical nature of his art, social commentary can be detected in the scenes of rabbits chopping electrical cables and fuzzy sheep moving through factory machinery. Kochen has been creating art from a young age, and feels that he’s still developing his craft, increasing the intricacy and meaning of his work. When he’s not painting, Kochen teaches art and enjoys the outdoors.

city guide:
Sioux City, IA
Pierce Street Coffee Works
“Unassuming exterior with a comfortable, eclectic interior. The walls are covered with the work of local artists and it’s a great place to link up with a friend for lunch or a quick meeting. They have some strangely named food, but it’s all good stuff. Try their iced coffee.” - Mark Kochen
1920 Pierce St, Sioux City, IA 51104, USA
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The Diving Elk
“Artist turned award-winning bartender uses his drink menu as a creative outlet. These folks aren’t messing around. Extensive local and regional beer selection and the knowledge to wield it responsibly. Food menu is short, sweet, and affordable. Try the mac & cheese w/ elk sausage and an IPA.” - Mark Kochen
1101 4th St, Sioux City, IA 51101, USA
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Grandview Park
“A great place for community gatherings, home of Saturday in the Park annual music festival. Fantastic environs that can be enjoyed by all.” - Vibe Rations
Grandview Park, Sioux City, IA, USA
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Stone State Park
“Stone State Park has beautiful trails for hiking, areas for camping, and picnics, ponds, and much more.” - Artificial Stars
Stone State Park Drive, Sioux City, IA, USA
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Sioux City Orpheum
“Going to the Orpheum is like stepping into another world that’s just dripping with opulence. Built in 1927 and restored to it’s full glory in 1999, it’s a stunning venue down to the minute detail. The Orpheum pulls in all kinds of national acts from music to theatrical performance. If you have the opportunity, this is at the top of Sioux City’s ‘must visit’ list.” - Mark Kochen
528 Pierce St, Sioux City, IA 51101, USA
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