American artist Mark Jenkins’s urban (and rural) interventions are street-smart—in the truest sense of the word.
Jenkins creates and sets free a colorful cast of characters by way of clear tape casts: the homeless, kids, vagrants, polar bears, and horses (to name but a few) all take their place in the wild, wild urban space, while interacting with the surrounding buildings and public places that provide the context and set the stage. Positioning them around the world, Jenkins’ sculptures have made their way around the world in cities throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Disturbing, humorous, and enigmatic in equal measures, Mark Jenkins enlists his hyper-realistic sculptures into the service of, for example, Greenpeace, as well as for exhibitions, performances, art galleries, and workshops. We met the Washington, DC-based Jenkins in Berlin, where he was contributing to a dance theatre piece.
For the last three weeks more than 30 representatives of the fine, performing and applied arts have turned the City of Cologne into a huge stage and canvas for contemporary urban art. Accessible for everyone the created artworks hopefully affect the political, social and aesthetic awareness of residents and visitors.
From today till sunday there is still a chance to watch Live paintings by TIKA (Lichtstraße 24), Debug Visuals (Hansemannstraße 2), Sten Lex (Hospelstraße 4) and Zezao (Bürgerhaus Stollwerk).
Here are some festival impressions, for further information visit http://cityleaks-festival.com/
Next Sunday (22.9.) the CityLeaks Urban Art Festival in Cologne is coming to an end, so you shouldn’t miss the chance to visit the Indoor Exhibition “I’m still here. Being public indoors” with lots of renowned artists as well as young talents opening up a critical discourse about public space and urbanity. Open every day from 11am to 9pm// Festivalcenter Marienstr. 73// Cologne// free entrance!
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anlässlich des 10jährigen Bestehen von Mocmoc wird der frühere Streit um Kunst+ Politik, Demokratie, Identität, öffentlicher Raum und Strategien nochmals hervorgeholt. Ostschweiz am Sonntag 15.9.13; Thurgauer Zeitung 16.9.13; weitere infos zum Mocmoc von Com&Com; Dokfilm über Mocmoc