Mark Jenkins (1970, Virginia, USA) is globally well-known for his street interventions, in particular for his unearthly sculptures which have peopled cities throughout the world. An urban stage which hits the passer-by, sculptures placed in uncommon situations and positions, embedded into the space of everyday life create a surreal and enigmatic landscape.
Using transparent tape as casting material to reproduce human figures and objects, the artist places his works where they can create an impact on people. For this reason, he considers the street as a stage, and its regulars are unconscious actors whose reactions are documented. The peculiarity in his work is the unavoidable and essential relationship established between artist and audience. Thought-provoking, imaginative and grotesque in some cases, the site-specific works by Mark Jenkins give people a chance to react, and to reflect on social as well as political issues.
His work has been exhibited from New York to Barcelona, from Tokyo to Moscow. Among his latest exhibitions are Mark Jenkins: Remix, Arsenal Contemporary Art (Montreal, 2016), Vitality and Verve in the Third Dimension (Collective exhibition), Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, USA, 2016) and Ex Situ, Pompidou Centre (Paris, France, 2013). Mark Jenkins has also participated to festivals and art projects such as City Leaks (Cologne, Germany, 2013), Bien Urbain (Besancon, France, 2013), White Walls (Beirut, Lebanon, 2013), Walk and Talk Festival (Azores, Portugal, 2013), Dublin Contemporary 2011 (Dublin,I reland, 2011). He collaborated with Greenpeace in 2008 and curated the festival Les Grandes Traversees in Bordeaux in 2010.