Mark Titchner

Still life (Every way you know)

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Year 2021
Medium Compressed charcoal and ink on paper
Dimensions 29.2 x 20.8 cm
Top pick Aaron Cezar, Director of Delfina Foundation; Martin Clark, Director, Camden Arts Centre

About the work

My public works often employ the language of self-help or self-improvement, treading the line between what is affirmative in tone and that which borders on authoritarian. In the last year, in an ongoing series of works on paper, I have been exploring the language of the more destructive aspect of self-improvement. These wilfully negative texts embody that which has been present yet unsaid in my practice for many years. The works themselves are made through a process of distressing and erasure, forming a counter to the largely digital techniques that I use to produce my large-scale public works.

About the artist:

Born 1973 Luton, Mark Titchner lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art (Painting) at Central St Martins (1995).

Titchner’s work involves an exploration of the tensions between the different belief systems that inform our society, be they religious, scientific or political. Focusing on an exploration of words and language, in recent years much of his production has been based in the public realm both in the UK and internationally. These public works have often been created from extended group activities, working particularly with young people and in mental health settings.

Selected solo exhibitions include Some questions about us, Firstsite, Colchester (2019); Mark Titchner, Southwark Park Gallery & Dilston Grove, London (2014); Please believe these days will pass, Toronto Now, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2012); Be true to your Oblivion, New Art Gallery, Walsall (2011); Run, Black River, Run, BALTIC, Gateshead (2010); The Age of Happiness, Hellenic American Union, Athens (2009); and IT IS YOU, Arnolfini, Bristol (2006). Selected group exhibitions include My name is not Refugee, Firstsite, Colchester (2020); Out of the Crate, Manchester Art Gallery (2019); 2050: A Brief History of the Future, Royal Museums of Fine Art Belgium, Brussels (2015); Altars of Madness, Casino Luxembourg/ Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers (2013); Thresholds, Liverpool Biennial, Tate, Liverpool (2012); Made In Britain: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection 1980 – 2010, Sichuan Provincial Museum, Xi’an Art Museum, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Suzhou Museum (2011); and A Poem about an Inland Sea, 52nd Venice Biennale, Ukrainian Pavilion, Venice (2007).

Awards and residencies include a Turner Prize nomination for IT IS YOU, Arnolfini, Bristol (2006); participation in the Venice Biennale (2007); and Artist in Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2012).

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