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Mark Wayman | Three uses of the knife

Mark Wayman studied Architecture, Fine Arts and Contemporary Theater, and now lives and works in London. He has has made such memory pieces for a variety of locations including the back yard of the South London Gallery, a six-storey stairwell at Toynbee Studios, the Nash room of the ICA and a hedge near Epping Forest.

The artist uses voice and physical gestures to direct the audience’s attention toward walls, surfaces, objects or scenes. By such means he projects spaces back onto themselves, in the process constructing shifts in time or location. The work is thus experienced as a layering of spaces; the physical space and conceptualised versions of it. The mind fluctuates between these; looking at something real one moment, hearing a verbal description of it the next, recalling what was seen and heard previously and discovering structures in their interplay. The viewer re-evaluates the location. Non-spaces become curious and activated, filled with unconsidered histories and new perspectives.   He has made pieces for many diverse locations, including walls, ceilings, rivers, hedges, gaps under floors, towers, paths, fire station, occupied square, Olympic site. These have taken place in cities such as London, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Belfast, and Amsterdam.

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