Artist Blog

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FLAT / Mark John Smith

Mar 14, 2015 - Magali Duzant

One of the best parts of working in NY is the connection and community of a number of artists working across media. The British artist Mark John Smith's work investigates the removal of the body in a contemporary notion of experience. As we rely more and more on new modes of digital communication the body becomes reduced in capacity, limited and consumed by the pixel - with this, a new dependency on context emerges. I became engaged with this particular project after talking to Mark about my work Sympathetic Magic, the use of the hand to measure, to draw, to create in a digital context felt both classic and fresh all at once. In questioning what a photograph is, what it becomes, and how it exists Mark's series FLAT explores the digital screen and the idea of surface in a very contemporary way. The screens are canvases, the pen is the artist's finger. The works exist as files, the new print of the present, the display it's frame. Mark's work will be on view in Brooklyn in the exhibition New Work, New York on view from March 13-29 at 695 Grand St.