September 3, 2012

Mark Ward ‘Far Out’

7:06 pm in art,art events dustin hostetler

Images from a recent show at the Beach in London. I’m really digging these new pieces by Mark Ward.

As a child of the late 1980’s, Mark was heavily influenced by the day-glo representations of exotic Americana that the television beamed into his South London home. In this pre-internet era, Mark was receiving snippets of game shows, NFL coverage & commercials. The images he saw contrasted with the reality of his drab UK surroundings and set his imagination free. These elements created a wasteland of visual reference that, with the optimistic outlook of his childhood, Mark pieced together to create his own distorted Californian ideal.

The path of adulthood has brought with it the mundane reality. The mythical sun scorched world Mark aspired to with galactic expectations has evaporated away, but while the realisation has set in that the world Mark worships doesn’t exist on this planet, the fascination with Americana has not left his consciousness. It must exist out there somewhere…

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