Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mark Jenkins: Street Installations

Mark Jenkins creative mind exists outside the realm of most of our rational social consciousness. The works he create force us to not only respond to the work, but to question it by peaking our curiosity. According to fellow artist, Erik Benjamin, "art is at it's pinnacle when it forces us to act," in doing so an artist has often times succeeded by stepping outside the normative structures of society to create something lasting, memorable and moving.

Mark Jenkins is an American artist, most widely known for his street installations, using 3-D objects and space to interfere with the urban environment. Like graffiti, it is non-permission based and once the object/sculpture is installed it is left there by the artist.

On the illegal aspects of street art Jenkins states, "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"


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