Prepare to be transported into a ticker tape parade with candy floss cocktails and confetti cannon’s.
Viewing the world through his own kaleidoscopic lens, Mark Ward presents this brand new body of work which proposes mascots, distorted pop infused creatures and cheering parades of psychedelic coloured icons.
Presented across a variety of media including paintings, drawing, inflatable sculpture and lights. This celebration of hazy memories and youthful optimism is installed across the ground floor exhibition space of Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes, creating a pop cultural hyperbole in plastic Technicolor that intends to work simultaneously in a paradoxical harmony and contrast with humdrum of the city streets.
A child of the late 1980s, Mark was heavily influenced by the day-glo representations of exotic Americana that his TV beamed into his home in the South London suburbs. The images he saw contrasted the reality of his drab UK surroundings, and set his imagination loose. In this pre-internet era, Mark was receiving snippets of game shows, skate videos, NFL coverage & commercials. These elements created a wasteland of visual reference that, with the optimistic outlook of his childhood, Mark pieced together to create his own distorted Californian ideal.
The path of adulthood has brought with it a mundane everyday reality. Where Mark is a stranger in his own clouded neon world -the sun-scorched Nirvana he aspired towards has dissolved away. However, his fascination with Americana has not left his conscious.
About the Artist
Mark Ward is an artist working and living in South London. His work is derived from his obsession with Americana. Raised on a diet of Saturday morning cartoons, skateboarding, BMX, and drawing, Mark has soaked up every last candy wrapper and morphed it into what he describes as his surreal distorted visions.
Mark has exhibited his artwork through Europe and America. Ward’s work comfortably straddles both the 2D and 3D worlds. The surreal pop icons are clear to be seen, as well as his passion for the texture and execution. Mark also works commercially across fashion, magazine covers, editorial and installations, delivering strong concepts and bold visuals to a range of clients. Projects include signature work for Stussy, Columbia Records and Nike.
About JaguarShoes Collective
JSC constitutes a group of creatively motivated businesses and individuals working in art, film, fashion, music, publishing and design. We provide many platforms for creative talent; from exhibitions and events, to collaborative products and retail opportunities. We believe in, and aim to motivate positive change through creative output.
Mark Ward – Made You Look
Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes
32-34 Kingsland Road,
PV: 12th September 2013. 7pm till late
13th September – January 2014