We live in a world of intimate observation – we learn, we love and we desire through watching. It’s always been this way: humans are hard-wired to be curious about what’s around them, and to take risks to seek out what they want to see. But now technology allows us to share and see our personal selves more easily than ever. Do these open doors change the way we view our most private moments? Are we thrilled and empowered by what we’re now exposed to, or do we crave a little more restriction?
Artist Mark Rowden explores, through his hand coloured lino relief prints, the private and intimate moments in this age of visual consumption, playing with what’s concealed and revealed to the observer.
Mark Rowden moved to Australia from England in 1996, age 17, and quickly made Sydney his home. He had attended art school in the UK and was keen to continue. He studied for 4 years gaining his Bachelor of Arts at the National Art School in Darlinghurst, specializing in printmaking.
He then trained and worked under Master Printer Diana Davidson at Whaling Road studios in North Sydney, one of Sydney’s oldest fine art editioning studios. He printed the first ever prints of Adam Cullen and Mclean Edwards, and he also worked with some notable Australian artists including Charles Blackman, Martin Sharp and Peter Kingston.
Mark has been a practicing artist for more than 18 years. He won the Waverley Print Prize in 2008; most recently his work was exhibited as part of the 2014 and 2016 International Print Biennale in Brazil. Recently have a solo show at Broken Hill Regional Gallery.
Please Join us for Opening Night of D/O.34 Watching Since 1979 on Thursday September 5th from 6-8pm.
Mark Rowden’s Watching Since 1979 will be available to preview on Wednesday September 4th from 12-6pm and will run through Saturday September 21st at Disorder Gallery.