Mark Whalen is an Australian-born, Los Angeles-based artist. In his sculptural and canvas works, Whalen expresses narratives that explore seemingly universal situations. He uses the figure, common objects and forms to capture, cordon and compartmentalise the distinctive characteristics of his figures as they shift under the weight of societal anxieties. In their contorted forms, we see playful compositions unfold as they sway through these problem solving constructions.
Mark Whalen in The Art Form
LA-based artist Mark Whalen provides an insight into his work and practice in the forthcoming issue of The Art Form.
Whalen’s sculptures use a saturated colour palette and alluring surface treatments; transforming industrial materials and found objects of our ordinary surroundings into witty, abstract museums and vivid depictions of life’s folly.
His first solo exhibition at the gallery will open later this month. To join our waiting list, contact the gallery.
Mark Whalen in the Rigg Design Prize
Flack Studio commissioned work by Mark Whalen for its Rigg Design Prize 2018 installation at the NGV.
Flack Studio's We've boundless plains to share, 2018 is now showing at the NGV's Ian Potter Centre until 24 February 2019.
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Pictured: Flack Studio,We’ve boundless plains to share, 2018, NGV Australia, installation view; photo by Sean Fennessy