Juxtapoz-friend Mark Whalen is set to open a new body of work, Maze Walkers, with Blackartprojects in Sydney, Australia next month. Whalen says of his work, "I paint these puzzles of fantasy and forecasted worlds – these multifaceted scenarios of discovery, roleplaying and problem solving that expose humanity at its most bizarre." That's about right.
Here is the entirety of the interaction:
You haven’t had a break from the studio for a while. One project appears to lead into the next. Don’t you feel the need for some fresh air now and again?
"I get that at my coffee shop, but in retrospect, what I see there on a day to day basis seems to make its way into my work in one form or another. The downtrodden, movers and shakers, average Joes, super creative people: all walks of life, finding their way through this labyrinthine world. It’s a pit stop of complete humanity for five minutes, twice a day. We’re all shuffling around the same beaten paths, chasing down the things that get us by. I’m no different. I go outside and do all my regular things over and over and over again. I get my coffee, then catch up on my emails, then get some food... and then its back to the drafting table where I paint these puzzles of fantasy and forecasted worlds – these multifaceted scenarios of discovery, roleplaying and problem solving that expose humanity at its most bizarre. They are almost an experiment into what would occur by amalgamating current ideologies, myths and spiritualities. I guess that is what fresh air does to me.
Opening: Thursday 4 April, 6-8pm
Exhibition: 2 - 20 April, 2013
8 Lacey Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Here is our video we made with Mr Whalen last year...