An age-old and enduring form of human expression, to make marks is to set in motion a creative process. Open ended in its nature, mark making is generative, a physical act that creates space for thinking and exploration.
Children produce marks before they learn the written word—by stamping, smearing, rubbing, arcing, tracing. Burdened by inhibition over time, the ability to make marks freely can diminish without practice.
Spanning the fields of contemporary jewellery, architecture, design and painting, Mark Work features six artists whose work communicates across form and discipline. Inextricably linked to time spent in the studio and the strong bond formed with materials and making processes.
Mark Work foregrounds mark making as a radical and democratic tool for creative practice. From working drawings to the spontaneous outcomes of a shared studio, the exhibition includes previously unseen research, alongside newly commissioned work.
We dedicate this exhibition to the memory of Krystina Kaza who passed away on June 27 2021.
Mark Work is the last exhibition to be presented at Objectspace in partnership with CoCA Centre of Contemporary Art Toi Moroki in Ōtautahi Christchurch. This marks the end of a 12-month programme partnership, which has seen the organisations work together to develop and deliver exhibitions and public programme