Rombico, The Temple of Psychic Youth, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, 2012.
Mark Durkan is an artist based in Dublin. His practice involves installation with occasional performance and video that is often collaborative and context led. Marks work negotiates the politico-cultural relationship inherent in the building of identities. Drawn to contradiction, Mark engages in a dichotomous interplay of mutually consentient but contradictory components that are intrinsic to the understanding of identity formation. Employing roleplaying processes and simulation methodolgies, he engages with the architectural presence of a space and the people that embody it. Focusing on places undergoing transition and mechanisms of conflict, he transposes people and place with a joint idiom of value and threat.
Mark graduated with a first class honours degree in Fine Art, Sculpture from the National College of Art and Design in 2007 and attended the Fondazione Antonio Ratti, in 2008. He was a curator for Transitopia 2008. He has upcoming solo exhibitions in the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan and The Lab in Dublin. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in The Museum of the Moving Image in New York, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and in the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery. He has also exhibited in Eigse 2011, 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo, Fabricca del Vapore and Via Farini in Milan and in the German Chancellery in Berlin.