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Artist webpage: www.markportersculpture.com
Fusing found objects and his own custom-made creations, Mark Porter produces one-of-a-kind pieces that gradually transform themselves — and the gallery — as the show progresses. The mechanical-drawings-turned-sculptures in Nurture/Alter mimic the irregularity of human actions and portray narratives through a series of projected images, videos, and fluid expulsions. Porter places his project blueprints next to the sculptures to aid in the understanding of their development, which continues free of his influence for the duration of the exhibition. Check out the show sooner than later, though, so you can observe the counterproductive movements of Porter's work before it slowly self-destructs.

– Morgan Phelps

Artist Exhibitions



Translator in Brazil: Translator
Recent kinetic sculpture Translator will be included in
Gambiólogos 2.0, Museu dos Brinquedos, located in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, June-August, 2014




Autohaemorrhaging Actuators,
Recent Kinetic Sculptures and Preliminary Drawings by Mark Porter
June 10-July 3, 2012

Peanut Gallery, 1000 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
http://peanutgallerychicago.com/
http://markportersculpture.com/home.html


Autohaemorrhaging Actuators is a collection of recent preliminary drawings and kinetic sculptures which mimic biological functions and human/animal behaviors such as demarcation- the process of marking of one’s personal territory and autohaemorrhaging- the action of animals deliberately ejecting blood from the body as a defensive tactic. All of the works are thematically centered on the process of ejecting internal fluids with the purpose of creation, territorial marking, masking and rejection.

Chicago-based artist Mark Porter creates mechanical, kinetic sculptures that act as prototypes
through the fusion of custom-made and found objects and preliminary drawings with graphite, paint, wintergreen oil transfer and aluminum.




"Peanut Gallery is a space for creative collaboration, experimentation, exhibition and good, old-fashioned mingling. Their goal is to connect creative people with one another and nurture a vibrant, inclusive community of artists and intellectuals."



Territorial Markers Recent Drawing Machines By Mark Porter, Fill in the Blank Gallery, Chicago Hours:
ON VIEW November 5-December 4 2010
OPENING RECEPTION November 5 7-11pm

TERRITORIAL MARKERS
Recent Drawing Machines By Mark Porter

Territorial Markers features recent kinetic sculptures and preliminary drawings by Chicago artist Mark Porter. Inspired by Porter’s exploration of the spirit of invention and created with a fusion of found and custom-made parts, the drawing machines serve as prototypes which emphasize the quality of the hand made object. Over the course of the exhibit, his sculptures will expel a pigmented, soapy sludge that oozes and drips onto the walls of the gallery. Collectively, these sculptures act to convert the gallery into workshop or experimental laboratory. Individually, each work serves as commentary on the concept of ownership and the act of creating an object which automates a process.

Image: Detail of Territorial Marker <1, Aluminum, Steel, Motion Sensor, Glass, Vinyl Tubing, Pigmented Soap Fluid

Dimensions: 5’ w x 4’ h x 2’ d




Location:
5038 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Contact:
773.878.1750

mary.m.richards@gmail.com

Gallery website:
http://www.fillintheblankgallery.com

Artist website:
www.markportersculpture.com
Hours:
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday-Friday: 4pm-8pm
Saturday: 12pm-4pm
Sunday: CLOSED
or email us for an appointment

All works in the exhibit were created with funding generously provided by The Illinois Arts Council, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and City of Chicago.


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UPCOMING EXHIBITION:
Territorial Markers: recent drawing machines by Mark Porter
Nov 5- Dec 5, 2010

Fill in the Blank Gallery,Chicago

Territorial Markers features recent kinetic sculptures and preliminary drawings by Chicago artist Mark Porter that can be described as drawing machines or as Porter terms them “Territorial Markers”. Emphasizing the quality of the hand made object, Porter’s sculptures serve as prototypes, which expel a pigmented and soapy sludge, which, oozes and drips onto the gallery walls. Each sculpture is a fusion of found and custom made-objects, comprised of aluminum, steel, electric motors and air pumps. The exhibit also features drawings which serve a schematics or blueprints created during the development of the sculptures.

Porter’s creations embrace experimentation and the spirit of invention. Collectively, they act to convert the gallery into workshop or experimental laboratory. Individually, each work serves as commentary on the concept of ownership and the act of creating an object, which automates a process.
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