Oracle is not a painting. It is made of black and white paper dome, which depicts an ancient grotto, where oracles would make their predictions. This installation looks majestic and mysterious, it takes a lot of space and the gold black and white circles make you hypnotized.
I didn't become an artist to do anything other than to work out my own voice and to get stuff out of me - Mark sais
His way of seeing the art is not traditional and he didn`t use paint to create his recent works. His idea is using paper instead of paint. The process is s following:
- The paper from billboards, flyers, magazines, newspapers is left in water until it is soaked enoughht for using it as a paint alternative material.
- It is put on canvas or different surfaces and formed in different shapes and figures.
Mark`s idea is to “use the social fabric of the time we live in”. You will definitely see the paint on canvas, while seeing his work from a distance, but as you come up to it, you will realize that paper is used instead. The artist uses “the memories of current days” left in the streets to make longlast art.
Mark is interested in the development of civilization, how people tend to destroy the experience of the previous generation, but leave just some bricks which they use when building up the new one. And this process is endless.
In fact, the artist tears apart something old and makes something new of it, following the same principle.
Inspiration for the artist from TrendGallery
When I first saw this installation I was amazed by the scale of it, it is rather huge. And while standing under this spring-shaped portal you really feel like a center of the universe. Circular compositions are usually used by the artists when they want to show cyclicity and infinity, something almost religious and philosophical.
And this installation is placed on the ceiling which makes it mystic and occult. Inspired by this installation I created the painting BRIGHT BALL. I like thinking about this artwork as about the portal to another world but I gave it the name Bright Ball to confuse people in a way and make them think beyond the obvious.
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