Gestalten is proud to present the first solo show in Germany by the renowned American artist Mark Jenkins, who uses ordinary packing tape to create life-size human or animal forms. Jenkins is best known for his clever installations of these startlingly lifelike tape sculptures in urban and natural spaces as well as indoor environments such as cafeterias, toilets, and art galleries. This expert staging of his work, especially his clothed human figures, provokes various—often strong—reactions from passersby and expands his interventions into powerful performances.
“Glazed Paradise” will feature new sculptures specifically conceived for this show and made by the artist in Berlin, which will be unveiled at the January 19th opening. These will be complemented by a limited edition of smaller tape sculptures. In addition to Mark Jenkins’s sculptural work, “Glazed Paradise” will include photographs of select installations that reveal how compelling the interaction between his artwork and its environment can be.
To coincide with the show, Gestalten is releasing the artist’s first monograph The Urban Theater: Mark Jenkins. A limited number of signed copies will be available for purchase at the show and from shop.gestalten.com.
Please join us for the opening of “Glazed Paradise” on January 19, 2012 at 18:30 and don’t miss the opportunity to hear a talk by Mark Jenkins in which he will give personal insight into the origins of and creative process behind his tape sculptures.
Mark Jenkins, born in 1970, lives and works in Washington, DC. Although select work by the artist has been shown in renowned group exhibitions, including at the Moscow Biennial (2009) or Kunsthalle Wien (2010), and recently graced the stage of Berlin’s Hebbel am Ufer HAUEINS theater, Jenkins’s art is primarily made for the street. For Jenkins, the interaction between his sculptures, their urban environments, and the people within them are an integral part of the lifecycle of his work and are needed to make it complete.
Gestalten.tv feature: Mark Jenkins: Go Figure!