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M.E.S.S. – Mark Edmonds Studio Sale

M.E.S.S. – Mark Edmonds Studio Sale
In these interesting times, one artist has decided to help out by clearing his studio to raise money for those people most at risk. With some discounts of up to 50%, if you’ve ever wanted an original Mark Edmonds, now is the time to treat yourself. With 10% from every sale being donated to ‘Age UK’ your purchases will be going towards some much needed assistance for the people who need it most.
Join us this September! The exhibition will open on 24 September and will run for 2 weeks until the 8th of October. The Socially Distanced Prosecco event will take place on Saturday the 26thbetween 1 PM and 7 PM. As usual, please do let us know approximately what time you are planning to visit:)
Mark Edmonds graduated from Staffordshire University in 2013, since then he has been working professionally as an artist. Prior to attending higher education Mark had worked as an interior decorator and Photographer. He often uses the knowledge and skills he acquired in these professions to shape his artistic practice. In addition Mark has a keen interest in philosophy, history and spirituality, themes which are often recurrent in his artwork.
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‘I work in contemporary mediums. My studio is a mess of circuit boards, plastic resins and paint. I spend my time meditating and splicing one material with another. I love the contrast I create between colours and textures, everything is in a constant juxtaposition. I am probably considered a painter by many, but I feel more like a sculptor who works on canvas.  To me the challenge is to create something with ‘feeling’ that evokes strong feelings in others. I am not always successful and at times this journey is painful, especially when you make that connection. Often, I feel naked when this happens, because someone is looking at me without my armour of bullshit. After the initial shock dies down and I no longer feel as vulnerable, I realise I have achieved something, that I am not pretending, there is a genuine connection.

Meditation and being a flawed human being is the key to my creative ‘process’. I tend to start with the structure of the painting or the concept. This is very much a conscious act, a little bit like visualising a sandcastle. As I work further into the piece, the original idea is ‘washed away’ each time, the mental image compromised. Each subsequent layer of paint, plastic or texture becomes a response to the modified vision. This is where the structure gives way to the feeling and the conscious begins to merge with the unconscious. This can become difficult to reconcile at times, there is risk involved. Sometimes paintings become over-worked when they should be abandoned. Sometimes detail is lost, sometimes I get lost.

I think contextually my work exists somewhere between abstract expressionism and the conceptual art foragers, for whom, Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Readymade’ is the life blood. The reoccurring theme would be creation born of frustration, be it with others or with oneself. I long for a certain amount of creative freedom. I am attempting to avoid the potholes of over thinking. Concentrate on breathing, clear the mind, and follow intuition, well for as long as possible in a heavy duty filter mask. 

I take my tools of expression, and all the techniques I have developed and in rare cases mastered, then I leave the safety of roads firmly travelled. My journey will take me into the unknown, the black void of nothingness. When I return I have unlocked a piece of the puzzle but paid for it with a piece of myself. This is the price all creative minds pay until ultimately there is no exchange left’.

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Date

Sep 26 2020

Time

13:00 - 19:00
Chester Art Centre

Location

Chester Art Centre
132 Northgate St, Chester CH1 2HT
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