Approved: 08.08.2008

Mark Houghton

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 08.08.2008

“The poet scans the landscape with his hermeneutic gaze, but it remains trackless, refuses to emerge into meaningfulness as a landscape of signs”. J.M.Coetzee – “Disgrace” – 1999 My aim is to search for portent and potential narrative in the overlooked and seemingly insignificant aspects of the everyday. We are all surrounded by the evidence and detritus of almost

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  • Location: Hay on Wye, Wales
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Residencies
  • Artforms / Project Types: Installation, Mixed Media, Public Art, Sculpture
 
 

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    “The poet scans the landscape with his hermeneutic gaze, but it remains trackless, refuses to emerge into meaningfulness as a landscape of signs”. J.M.Coetzee – “Disgrace” – 1999 My aim is to search for portent and potential narrative in the overlooked and seemingly insignificant aspects of the everyday. We are all surrounded by the evidence and detritus of almost 40,000 years of the activity of homo faber, and any landscape can essentially be read as an inescapable narrative of intervention. Therefore, I feel it important to celebrate and high light the over looked elements, the anti-monuments and non-events of that landscape, as I feel that these are equally relevant, when we are attempting to decipher a given landscape. Discarded items, the un-thought about gaps between buildings etc., these all have visual qualities that feed into, and inform our piece meal absorption of our surroundings, that subsequently help us to order and decipher the complexity of the environments we construct and inhabit. I feel that the role of the contemporary artist is to force a reassessment of the everyday. It is my intention to highlight overlooked aspects of the everyday, in order to isolate and represent aspects of the urban environment, with the aim of forging a visual poetry of the commonplace, to elevate the irrelevance of the ordinary.

    CV & Education

    Public realm 2009 - Hole in the Wall, Peacocks Store, Roath, Cardiff Solo exhibitions 2013 - Perfect Imperfections, Chapter, Cardiff 2011 - Occidental Collusions, West Wales School of the Arts Gallery, Carmarthen 2011 - Upstare, The Downstairs Gallery, Herefordshire 2009 - Inbetweenies, Elysium Gallery, Swansea Group exhibitions 2012 - Croeso I'r Rhath/ Welcome To Roath, Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff 2011 - Are We Not Drawn to a New Era?, G39, Cardiff 2011 - the public exhibition, the public, west bromwich, West Bromwich 2010 - Backlit Open 2010, Backlit, Nottingham 2010 - DIY, surface arts, Exeter 2010 - The Archive Show, Unit 3b, Sheffield 2010 - The Tomorrow People, The Elevator Gallery, Hackney 2009 - Overveiw, Elysium Gallery, Swansea 2009 - Surface / Space / Time, The Crypt Gallery, London 2009 - wood, canvas, steel(?), tactilebosch, Cardiff 2008 - Traces, The Schwartz Gallery, London 2005 - The Art of Love, The Oxo Tower, London 2004 - Identity, Oriel Davies, Newtown 2004 - Plinth, The Cube, Leeds 2003 - Land, Artsway, Hampshire 2001 - Twenty Years of Excellence, Bemis Centre for Contemporary Art, Nebraska, USA 2000 - Wales Drawing Biennale, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Curated projects 2012 - The Witching Hour, Goat Major Projects, Cardiff 2010 - After The End, Elysium Gallery, Swansea 2009 - Like a God, a Vice, or a Good Luck Charm, Bristol Diving School, Bristol Residencies 2013 - INTERFERENCE, Chapter, Cardiff 2012 - 4 week residency, La Fragua, Cordoba Site specific 2009 - Like a God, A Good Luck Charm or A Vice, The Bristol Diving School, bristol