Where’s your head at?

about Mark Jenkins

Do you think you could always tell what is real and what is not, maybe being in a hurry through the frenzy of your city? And how long would your shock last at seeing the holes in your perception, in a hellish place like this? “Where’s your head at?” These seem to be the questions that Mark Jenkins is raising through his original way of re-contextualizing commonplace ideas or things and inserting them into a new landscape in which the viewer plays an integral part.

For the pieces he situates in the urban environment, the artist intentionally leaves the sculptures unattended to fulfill their life cycles to whatever end, may it be natural deterioration or confiscation. The viewer’s reaction to his pieces becomes part of the sculptures, turning the street into a stage. The theatricality of Mark’s work remains a central theme, even in his solo exhibitions, by using the gallery space as the performance platform, incorporating the viewers not only as spectators but as actors themselves.

Sculptor and installation artist whose work focuses on a variety of urban and social themes, Mark re-defines the limits of sculpture both in the public sphere, where many of his pieces have been found, to the more intimate realm of the “White Cube”. The foundation of his artwork is in the artist’s specific technique, casting objects as well as his own body — and those of others — using conventional packing tape and plastic wrap. Encompassing the actual form of these subjects with his method, he has materialized a range of characters, from translucent ducks, dogs and babies, to his most well-known clothed hyper-realistic figures.

Based in Washington, D.C., most recently Mark’s work has been shown in London, São Paulo, Paris, Los Angeles, the Glastonbury Festival and in Cologne, Germany.


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