Mark Manders

MARK MANDERS

In Manders, time is in a state of perennial transition in which parallel moments develop.


MARK MANDERS

Fox / Mouse / Belt, 1992-2015
Bronzo dipinto, materiali vari
cm 14 x 112 x 40
Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

A dialogue with time, with the past but also the future, a flight that departs from the contemporary in a quest for different temporal dimensions. Like in the works of Mark Manders, who explores the combination of cultural models ranging from Hellenistic to preColumbian. In the artist’s drawing Self-portrait as a Building, 1986, time seems to have entered a dimension other than the one of the actual year of its implementation. Since that time, the artist has never abandoned this generative motive in his works. Based on the use of different materials such as bronze, ceramic, wood, Manders’s sculptures seem to have frozen in another, suspended time. The artist uses different techniques: a bronze or resin sculpture may be then painted in a clay color, thus showing its fragile nature. In Manders, time is in a state of perennial transition in which parallel moments develop. Since the creation of Self-portrait as a Building, the artist has produced several variations of the theme, causing a short circuit between past and present, in which forms are the prisoners of a Borgesian dimension. The large installation in the exhibition creates a suspended environment, isolated from the world, in which a different time seems to emanate from the works themselves.

Mark Manders was born in 1968 in Volkel, Netherlands. He lives and works in Ronse, Belgium. His solo exhibitions include: Room with Broken Sentence, 55. Venice Biennale, Venice (2013); Mark Manders, Carré d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes (2012); Parallel Occurences / Documented Assignments, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas / The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis / Aspen Museum of Art, Aspen / UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010-2012); The Absence of Mark Manders, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover / Kunsthall Bergen, Bergen / S.M.A.K. Ghent, Ghent / Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich (2007-2009). He participated to important group shows, such as: New Impressions of Raymond Roussel, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); EXPO 1: New York, PS 1 MoMA, New York (2013); Silence, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley (2013); Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration, MoMA, New York (2012); Tomorrow Is the Question, S.M.A.K. Ghent, Ghent (2011).



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