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Kick Painting 3/5

Mark Jenkins
2015
Mixed Media
42.0030.00
Price: $8,800 USD

Mark Jenkins (American, b. 1970, lives and works in Washington, D.C.) A champion of the positive potentials of street art, Mark Jenkins’ practice, virtually without exception, employs humor and whimsy to tease, interrupt, and upend social convention and the doldrum flow of urban life. Jenkins rose to fame through his use of common packaging tape to make three dimensional human forms and animals which are then placed in precarious situations. These full size works are often finished with actual clothing, wigs, and hats, and when installed outside of standard viewing spaces are frequently mistaken for living people, despite the absurd positioning—defying gravity on the edge of a department store roof, tied to a number of helium balloons floating face down in a pond, or sitting in a standard avenue recycling bin. His work, whether in the gallery or in the unsanctioned arena of the street, is met with (usually) laughter and (occasionally) disdain and even (rarely) ernest calls to emergency services for swift interventions. Jenkins views these absurdists works, and street-art as whole, as cathartic, invigorating, and necessary to the visual culture of any city. He regularly lectures on the subject and has proven time and time again to be a staunch advocate of smart, subversive art forms.

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Mark Jenkins (American, b. 1970, lives and works in Washington, D.C.) A champion of the positive potentials of street art, Mark Jenkins’ practice, virtually without exception, employs humor and whimsy to tease, interrupt, and upend social convention and the doldrum flow of urban life. Jenkins rose to fame through his use of common packaging tape to make three dimensional human forms and animals which are then placed in precarious situations. These full size works are often finished with actual clothing, wigs, and hats, and when installed outside of standard viewing spaces are frequently mistaken for living people, despite the absurd positioning—defying gravity on the edge of a department store roof, tied to a number of helium balloons floating face down in a pond, or sitting in a standard avenue recycling bin. His work, whether in the gallery or in the unsanctioned arena of the street, is met with (usually) laughter and (occasionally) disdain and even (rarely) ernest calls to emergency services for swift interventions. Jenkins views these absurdists works, and street-art as whole, as cathartic, invigorating, and necessary to the visual culture of any city. He regularly lectures on the subject and has proven time and time again to be a staunch advocate of smart, subversive art forms.

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LANA CARLSON is an international curator who started her career in Paris and St. Petersburg after receiving an education at the Sorbonne and School of Louvre. As founder and director of Modern Art Gallery, Lana has curated numerous exhibitions and participated in art fairs around the world. Lana also curated and produced the first ever state museums exhibitions of Auguste Rodin in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.

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