«Phantoms» by Marc Behrens.
The MART Gallery, Rathmines.
5 – 22 October 2016
Marc Behrens presents his solo exhibition «Phantoms» at MART as an interconnected sound and object array. The exhibition focuses mainly on the sound installations «Unit», «The Unknown» and «White Phantoms» and integrates them with a number of smaller sculptural works. Phantoms are the placeholders for induced memories, imaginary places, ideas, entities or objects that you can only relate to by way of someone else’s accounts, since you have not been there, since you have not been with them. Marc Behrens materializes his own phantoms and tells their stories through combinations of sound and physical objects. All those materials, mostly organic but transmutable, all those sound objects are vibrations, reshaped, redefined. Like phantoms not of the artist’s body, but of the artist’s ideas and spiritual acts.
Artist Website: www.marcbehrens.com
Supported by: Goethe-Institut Irland
With Special Thanks to David Stalling for initiating the collaboration.
My work and research interests revolve around Art, institutions and Social control, which could involve complex labyrinth structures and intertwining systems all interdependent on each other, I am also interested in architecture and the built environment where buildings invoke their own form of control and power, such as Jeremy Bentham’s theories of panopticons and Erving Coffman’s “total Institutions”.
As a multi disciplinary artist I work in a variety of mediums such as etching, film, painting projections, installation where the medium can be interchangeable and hybrid or where the concept of power dictates the medium in that which medium would be more aesthetic or visual.
Multi-disciplinary artist. Work methodologies include constructing and deconstructing mediums and splicing forms together often into large installations which ingulf and dominate a space. Lives and works between London and Dublin. Graduated with a distinction in M.A. Fine Art, printmaking from University of East London. Exhibited and held in collections and archives in U.K., Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, France, Dubai. Has had several solo shows in Ireland and the U.K. and exhibits regularly in Europe, U.S. and Canada. In 2014 selected for international juried print exhibitions in Spain, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Indonesia. Currently undertaking doctoral research in Fine Art at University of East London. Commissions include producing artworks for theatre, conferances, festivals, educational institutions, hospitals, and community spaces.