Here are a few words by Mark about his upcoming show:
‘Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.’ Cicero (106 BC- 43 BC)
The window acts as a mediator, the link between the performance and the audience. It is a stage on which the performer performs, and which the audience view, an audience that are in the age of mass media and decipher imagery like Turing would, who flick through a glossy magazine, where the ‘now’ culture is all consuming, who are bombarded with high speed broadband, which overflows with information.
This space offers great exposure, offering art to the masses in a forward and direct way. I am very nervous about this level of exposure, showing work in its infancy to a large number is daunting but also stimulating.
This show at the Camden People’s Theatre has allowed me to exhibit a new body of work, which I feel is at the start of an investigation into a way of working that deals with the application of paint, the physicality of mark making, and has traits of ‘automatism’ embedded within it.
As an artist, I have always been fascinated with visual culture and ‘the act of looking’ has manifested itself into these paintings which are exhibited at CPT. The works are populated with strong, striking figures, held within an environment which both references the narrative of the source material and the ‘gestural’ mark making style.
‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.’ Aristotle (383 BC – 322 BC)
Mark John Evans