Approved: 08.08.2008

Mark Houghton

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 08.08.2008

The work utilises found objects and materials that are incorporated into sculptural installations.

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    Artist Statement

    The work utilises found objects and materials that are incorporated into sculptural installations.

    All the works are deliberately open-ended and are intended to be completed by the viewer, as they bring their own memories and experiences to the interpretative process.

    The pieces are highly dependent on context, and different readings will emerge in relation to differing contexts.

    Transforming an object into another medium shifts focus away from the original object and its intended usage. This material shift is about the realisation of a greater metaphoric or poetic potential. The objects are now the same, but different, and so invite a different response.

    The work highlights overlooked aspects of the everyday, and is an attempt to decode and decipher the complexity of the environments that we inhabit and inherit.

    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