Artists - Mark Titchner

Mark Titchner

Mark Titchner

Mark Titchner was born in Luton in 1973
He graduated from Central St Martin's College of Art and Design, London, in 1995.
He lives and works in London.

We want answer of the question of tomorrow, Be Angry but don't Stop Breathing, We are the solution, We Want to exceed expectation... Abstract and imperative sentences, poetic and philosophical questions or political statement, Mark Titchner likes to play in his work with the power of words and language. Coming from the field of abstraction after his studies at the Central St Martins College of Art & Design, Titchner started to work with words to get a stronger and faster impact on people in imitating traditional strategy of advertising campaign. Banners, light boxes, posters are exhibited in both galleries and public spaces. Although this body of work focuses on the potential for language to serve as an art form, the subjects of his provocative or absurd slogans are often materials, or a physical action or process.

For the Ukrainian Pavilion in Venice, Titchner creates two new works, which are the result in his research in Kyiv. In the first garden, at the entrance of the Palazzo Papadopoli, Titchner welcomes the visitors with one of his famous banner proclaiming “We Are Ukrainians, What Else Matters?” This statement is the outcome of Mark Titchner’s collaboration with a group of young Ukrainians artists called REP (Revolutionary Experimental Space). Titchner just wanted to open a simple dialogue between a British artist and Ukrainian artists collective about their diverse perceptions of the question of identity and nationality. In the second garden of the Venetian Palazzo, facing the Grand Canal, a ten meters high sculpture is emerging from the ground to attract people’s attention inside and outside the garden. This sculpture/monument – based on the form of the Ukrainian trident - called MAMA, evokes as well the heritage of soviet architecture and questions, for Titchner, the old conception of a country as a mother(land).

Recent group and solo exhibitions include in 2007 Between Two Deaths, ZKM, Karlsruhe; Art Plus Drama, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London ; 2006 IT IS YOU, Arnolfini, Bristol ; Turner Price Exhibition, Tate Britain, London ; 2005 Mark Titchner, Peres Projects, Los Angeles ; British Art Show, touring exhibition ; 2003  We Were Thinking of Evolving, Vilma Gold, London; Electric Earth, International Touring Exhibition organised by the British Council; 2002 The Galleries Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London; 2001 Playing amongst the Ruins, Royal College of Art, London.

Project
Project
Sergey Bratkov Dzine Alexander Hnilitsky & Lesja Zaiats Boris Mikhailov Juergen Teller Mark Titchner Sam Taylor Wood
 
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