Installations by Mark Jenkins By: kaimie gibson

Born: 1970 in Fairfax, Virginia

Education: Degree in Geology from Virginia Tech

Current Location: Washington DC

What drew me in:

“I think my point is that visual outliers are what’s needed to keep the environment stimulating, but unfortunately the only visual content that’s updated with any real frequency are commercial advertising spaces. This is why the ephemeral nature of street art is so essential—because it creates a visual heartbeat in the city by people who are living in it, rather than just marketing to it. But what does the city do with these works? They remove them as quickly as possible and threaten to put the people who make them in jail.”

Paper man

Where the main inspiration for his pieces bloomed:

"The trick I’d figured out as a kid popped back into my head, and I cast the tinfoil ball with the tape. I was impressed with the results and decided to do a coffee pot. A couple months later, I’d gone through several hundred rolls, casting everything in my flat, including myself. The walls were thin in my apartment building, and my neighbours weren’t too thrilled at the sounds of packing tape spinning off the roll all night and day. One annoyed neighbour threw mud at my clothes drying on the window ledge, but I couldn’t be stopped.”

Consumption without care

“Humans like to consume, consume, consume and make so much waste but they don’t want to see it on their own doorstep, so instead put it in a landfill somewhere”

Realization

“The faces lack detail, but I favor this because it allows the installation environment to affect sentiment without a facial expression to contend with”

Consumption and destruction

Mark Jenkins uses his surroundings as inspiration. Giving the world a new standpoint on how our daily actions affect how we live, showing us how we impact our environment and those around us.

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