Friday, 24 July 2009

Mark Jenkins, Washington based street sculptor

Washington, 2008

Washington, 2008

Washington, 2005

London, 2008

Washington, 2006

Philadephia, 2005

Assateague Island, MD, 2005

Mark Jenkins (b. 1970 in Fairfax, Virginia ) is an American artist most widely known for the street installations he creates using packing tape. His work has been featured in various newspapers and magazines including Time Out: New York, The Washington Post, The Independent, the book Hidden Track: How Visual Culture is Going Places, and on the street art blog Wooster Collective. He has shown indoors in galleries in the U.S., Europe and Brazil and is represented by Lazarides Gallery in London.

He maintains the Website and teaches his tape casting process in workshops in the cities he visits. It is well worth checking out this site if you wanna see how he's done it, and give it a crack yourself.

Mark Jenkins said the following about the illegal aspects of street art during an interview with art critic Brian Sherwin:

"There is opposition, and risk, but I think that just shows that street art is the sort of frontier where the leading edge really does have to chew through the ice. And it's good for people to remember public space is a battleground, with the government, advertisers and artists all mixing and mashing, and even now the strange cross-pollination taking place as street artists sometimes become brands, and brands camouflaging as street art creating complex hybrids or impersonators. I think it's understanding the strangeness of the playing field where you'll realize that painting street artists, writers, as the bad guys is a shallow view. As for the old bronzes, I really don't see them as part of what's going on in the dialogue unless addressed by a new intervention. "

See more of Marks work here:

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