Mark Manders: Parallel Occurances / Documented Assignments

Begin Date2012-01-15
End Date2012-04-15
CuratorsJeffrey Grove
Last Harvested At2022-10-29
Credit LineThis presentation was made possible by TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual fundraising event that jointly benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art. Additional support is provided by the Contemporary Art Initiative through the gifts of an anonymous donor, Arlene and John Dayton, Jennifer and John Eagle, Kenny Goss, Nancy and Tim Hanley, Marguerite Steed Hoffman, Janelle and Alden Pinnell, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Deedie and Rusty Rose, and Sharon and Michael Young. Air transportation was provided by American Airlines.
LocationHoffman Galleries
OrganizerThe Hammer Museum; Aspen Art Museum
DescriptionThe first major North American exhibition of work by acclaimed Dutch artist Mark Manders, Mark Manders: Parallel Occurrences/Documented Assignments features a body of new sculptures and works on paper created specifically for it. This nationally touring exhibition includes roughly fifteen new sculptural works and three loaned works, one of which is from The Pinnell Collection of Dallas. Since 1986, Mark Manders has been engaged in what he calls his "Self-Portrait as a Building," an ongoing, monumental project that has come to define his overall practice. Language, as title, content, and formal structure, remains a key element of his process, in which objects are accumulated in a manner that replicates sentences. As the artist explains, "This building can shrink or expand at any moment . . . all words created by mankind are on hand." In effect, Manders gives thoughts physical form; his hypothetical building becomes an evolving space through which he investigates the process of thinking. His installations employ everyday objects (sugar, tea bags, a pencil, a toothpaste tube) as narrative subjects. Manders ultimately creates mysterious and uncanny sculptural tableaux - part still life, part exquisite corpse. In so doing, Manders makes a physical as well as mental space for the viewer to "Center the world of objects and matter and find poetry in it . . . and to know how poorly we normally see our daily life." Mark Manders: Parallel Occurrences/Documented Assignments" is co-organized by Aspen Art Museum and the Hammer Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue designed in close collaboration with the artist. The coordinating curator of the Dallas presentation is Jeffrey Grove, The Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. About the Artist: Mark Manders currently lives and works in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and Ronse, Belgium. He has shown widely in group exhibitions around the world including the Venice Biennale, Documenta, the Berlin Biennal, and the Carnegie International. His solo exhibition The Absence of Mark Manders was shown at the Kunstverein Hannover in 2008. Visit Mark Manders' website: