16 March 2022 - 3 April 2022
The sculptures allude to the internal workings of the human body. In nature, biological cells multiply and conglomerate en masse. In Complete Field, copper and steel elbows are arranged into tight modular agglomerations that reference molecular configurations. Their titles refer to the chemical properties and serial classifications of the base materials which, in turn, provide a direct link to biomechanics. The industrial-ness inherent in the utilitarian pipes interrelate with the framework and the exaggerated synthetic designs and systematic motifs of Schema, which are created by using a tessellated, random pattern-generation technique. Their enlarged pixelations distort form perception and challenge notions of image representation. A natural phenomenon, camouflage can be adopted to disguise man-made forms and blend them into their immediate localities. It also transforms the artificial into the organic and disintegrates structure. The patterned skin of Skull (black/grey camo with turquoise) with its colour schemes and markings obliquely references nature, whilst its hydro-dipped application renders it completely contrived. This process removes the camouflage from its customary context, highlighting the juxtaposition between imitation and the organic, and accentuating the biological nature of the sculpture by disguising it, paradoxically, in a conspicuous manner.
Mark has a master’s degree from UNSW. He's had numerous solo and group shows, including a major solo exhibition at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. Mark has been a finalist in many art prizes, winning the Major Award at Sculpture at Scenic World. He has twice received a NSW Artists’ Grant (NAVA), and undertaken residences at The Armory (Sydney Olympic Park) and Phasmid Studios (Berlin). Mark currently lives and works in Sydney.