Ro2 Art is pleased to present ‘Through the Dark Place,’ a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist C. Mark Burt. The show will run from December 9, 2017 through January 6, 2018. There will be an opening reception held Saturday, December 9, from 7-10 p.m. at Ro2 Art, located at 1501 S. Ervay Street in Dallas’ Cedars neighborhood.
C. Mark Burt is known for the highly imaginative creatures and otherworldly realms that he creates. Burt’s upcoming show, 'Through the Dark Place' serves to expand on his carefully crafted world which is inhabited by vaguely humanoid creatures called Mungawomps . Desperately searching for happiness in a desolate and uncertain world known as the Dark Place, the Mungawomps are faced with plentiful distractions, or Cuddle Doobies, that keep them from achieving their goals. Cuddle Doobies are plant-like creatures that represent the frivolous distractions that are so prevalent in everyday life – sound familiar? However alluring the Cuddle Doobies may seem, the Mungawomps must keep on trudging through the Dark Place in order to achieve true happiness.
Burt asserts that his work adapts to the perspective of the observer, encouraging viewers to project their own dreams and distractions onto these fascinating creatures. In Through the Dark Place, Burt presents a much more tangible view of his fantastic world by staging hand-painted, costumed actors alongside his felted Cuddle Doobie sculptures to portray the Mungawomps in desolate landscapes. Burt’s exciting new experimentations and methods bring the Dark Place to life in a revealing light, blurring the line between what is human and what is Mungawomp.