Paris

BRD SHT

27 Oct - 8 Dec 2018

Death by Flowers, 2018
Mark Jenkins
Death by Flowers, 2018
Installation
323 x 68 x 178 cm
The face of gravity, 2018
Mark Jenkins
The face of gravity, 2018
Sculpture
210 x 157 x 80 cm
Head in the Head, 2018
Mark Jenkins
Head in the Head, 2018
Sculpture
168 x 72 x 44 cm
Gymnastics
Mark Jenkins
Gymnastics
Installation
190 x 70 x 85 cm
The luxury of isolation, 2018
Mark Jenkins
The luxury of isolation, 2018
Sculpture
153 x 128 x 128 cm
Skinny, 2018
Mark Jenkins
Skinny, 2018
Mixed media
60 x 50 x 12 cm
Sunny day, 2018
Mark Jenkins
Sunny day, 2018
Installation: sculpture and painting on canvas
Sculpture: 162 x 56 x 39 cm Canvas: 130 x 250 x 4 cm
Afterlife, 2006-2018
Mark Jenkins
Afterlife, 2006-2018
Sculpture
89 x 70 x 32 cm
New Dawn, 2018
Mark Jenkins
New Dawn, 2018
acrylic on canvas
138 x 200 cm
Anus butterfly sunset, 2018
Mark Jenkins
Anus butterfly sunset, 2018
One colour screen print on paper and mp3 file
42 x 29,7 cm

Jenkins' installations bring into play the relationship between the artwork and the visitor. Mark Jenkins attempts to question, provoke, and disturb with sculptures with behaviors and gestures strikingly alive. People are constantly surprised by the humanization of his characters, their pose and the way Mark Jenkins gives shape to their attitudes. In his latest solo show, Jenkins presents a body of hyperrealist work, encompassing a compelling series of life-size figures.


The exhibition presents hyperrealist sculptures which have made Jenkins famous: life-sized silhouettes hidden under their hoods, conjoined twins by the top of the head or people leant on nothing looking like they want to lose their balance and fall into the unknown. Surprising tribute to Icarus, one of the masterpieces of the exhibition "The face of gravity" has fallen down onto the floor, directly on its face, as a direct metaphor of our troubled times.

 

The artist’s installations blur the lines between art and life. His sculptures often interact with their surroundings. It might also be observed that Jenkins is deeply interested in the viewer’s reaction as they see his work and he considers his work as much as a social experiment, as an art project. Jenkins shares: "I create a social experience first. I could be a sociologist. I think I'm exploring something that is beyond street art. It's another experience."