Lazarides Rathbone is pleased to present Moment of Impact, a multi-disciplinary solo exhibition by American sculptor and installation artist Mark Jenkins. Opening the gallery’s 2015 exhibition programme, the thought-provoking showcase will encompass a new body of life-sized sculptures and three-dimensional canvases alongside popular highlights featured in international showcases spanning the past two years.
Moment of Impact follows widely acclaimed solo exhibitions in LA, New York and Cologne in addition to notable appearances at both 2014’s Art Basel Miami and Paris’s Nuit Blanche. Jenkins’ stand-out sculptures can be found in major cities across the globe, with an invasion of impromptu sellotape babies and faceless hooded figures challenging the way in which the public engage and experience urban environments.
The Washington D.C.-based artist’s returning exhibition in London seeks to extend the process in which we perceive his hyper-realistic works and subsequent emotional impact the installations evoke. The mixed-media artist’s powerful interventions transform the ordinary into the unexpected, cutting through social norms and provoking powerful visceral responses. As a craftsman Jenkins attempts to remove himself from conceptual ideas associated with creating each sculpture, instead focusing on the medium and production process, allowing the finished work to initiate its own relationship with society and the space in which it inhabits. The context in which the installations are viewed inevitably influence the way in which the works are examined, from public displays to formalised gallery curated exhibitions, each provoking a complex dialogue of questions and open-ended narratives.
The upcoming UK showcase will introduce a new collection of child-sized sculptures constructed in situ in addition to a progressive body of animated canvases, continuing themes from the artist’s distinguished kicked paintings series.