Mark was born and raised near Margate, Kent, and he now lives and works in Cardiff. He works across a range of media incorporating sculpture, video, sound, installation and performance.
The subjects for his work are drawn from the social and political culture he grew up in. This often takes the form of a re-evaluation and re-interpretation of contemporary culture and history, provoking us to consider our contribution to the world we live in.
His work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including Turner Contemporary (Margate), Dublin Contemporary, Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff), Postmasters Gallery (NYC), Matthew Bown Gallery (Berlin), Mostyn (Llandudno), Ceri Hand Gallery (Liverpool), Castlefield Gallery (Manchester), ICA (London) and PS1 MoMA (NYC).
Residencies/fellowships include URRA International Residency, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011), Standpoint Futures, Standpoint Gallery, London (2010), Cove Park, Scotland (2008), Arts Council of England’s International Fellowship at Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland (2005) and The Wheatley Fellowship at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (2005)
Mark is represented by Ceri Hand Gallery.
There are five areas Mark aims to explore through this award – research, material experimentation, commercial context, critique/mentoring and strategic planning.
His starting points for the research will be Thoreau's 'Walden' and 'Civil Disobedience', the writings of Kurt Vonnegut and the Cyberpunk movement and the documentaries of Adam Curtis. Mark is often drawn to cheap, disposable materials but wants to explore the permanence, essence and value of the materials he works with.
Scale, context and medium are also at the forefront of his thinking; the audience/material/object relationship. A key professional development for him is being represented by Ceri Hand Gallery. Particular attention to how this commercial relationship can be developed deserves time and focus.
Mark will also use this period to extend professional dialogues with, amongst others, Christian Viveros-Fauné (Director of Dublin Contemporary and Art Critic for The Village Voice, NYC), Marie-Anne McQuay (Curator, Spike Island, Bristol) and Ellen Mara De Wachter (Curator, 176 Gallery, London). Making use of these dialogues, he aims to establish a considered and developed path of activity for the future.
This Creative Wales Award will provide a significant amount of extra studio time in which to research, plan and make, with the sole agenda of forwarding his creative practice and, ultimately, his professional goals.
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