2014 MFA Thesis

Mark John Smith

Mark’s work is seen to examine the loss of a tangible body and with it the removal of individual expression and action.

As a consequence of the social digital apparatus and it’s removal of the indexical traces of physical experience and gesture, Mark’s work presents as an intersection of the personal and historical relations to language and writing, one that is currently framed by that of information display and advertising communication.

In order to decode heteronormative implementations of governmental structures and the resulting vulnerability generated in populations and communities, the work builds a failing confessional narrative. The individual, is one presented removed of it’s bodily dwelling and stripped of its tangible productions. The body occupies a new site between digital screen and reality. It’s seen inhabiting a foregone space, that which is declared in majority.

Born in Cambridge UK, currently living and working in NYC, Mark graduated from the University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury in 2010 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art and Art History.

In 2011 he founded the LIVELIVE Project, a non profit arts engagement project designed to provide a new digital platform for the distribution of emerging artists new video work, socially generated content, as well as art historical information. In 2012 LIVELIVE became part of the UK’s cultural Olympiad forming part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic celebrations. With the support of the BBC Mark’s work was broadcast nationally to Olympic spectators throughout the UK, as well as being accredited by the IOC as a project of cultural significance.

Mark has exhibited both his studio practice and public works internationally partaking in group and solo shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including installations on the London Underground, Regents Park tube station for Frieze Art Fair, 2013 and at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

Currently Mark has large scale public installations on view in the UK at The Beaney Museum, Canterbury, Kent and at UCA, Epson, Surrey. Mark is also showing a public work in New York City at 66th 5th Avenue, Parsons the New School for Design.

www.markjohnsmith.co.uk

Mark John Smith / Duvet (Binary) / 2013 / Spray paint on 90% goose down twin duvet, brass grommets / 68'' x 90''

Mark John Smith / Duvet (MAN MANY MEN) / 2013 / Spray paint on 90% goose down twin duvet, brass grommets / 68'' x 90''

Mark John Smith/ Duvet (DOG X GOD) / 2013 / Spray paint on 90% goose down twin duvet, aluminum grommets / 68'' x 90''

Mark John Smith / Duvet (Black and Blue) / 2013 / Spray paint on 90% goose down twin duvet, aluminum grommets / 68'' x 90''

Mark John Smith / Duvet (YOU MAKE ME FUCK UP) / 2013 / Spray paint on 90% goose down twin duvet, brass grommets / 68'' x 90''