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mark houghton

mark houghton
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The practice highlights overlooked aspects of the everyday, isolating and representing aspects of the urban environment, forging a visual poetry of the commonplace; elevating the irrelevance of the ordinary, whilst attempting to decode and decipher the complexity of the environments we inherit and inhabit.
I work with materials and objects usually unseen and undervalued, as well as the poetics of space, and the juncture in tension between both found and made objects, placed within the context of a defined boundary.
The work embraces the world of the found object. I do not support the notion of a hierarchy of objects and believe that “everything is up for grabs and reinterpretation”. The initial inspiration for works can often appear quite inconsequential – a chance find in a junk shop, a line from a song or an unusual positioning of items in the street.
The use of everyday inspirations and objects is intended in one way to elevate status, but this is not meant to be a subversive act on the part of the artist. It is intended more as a levelling of the playing field in relation to the gathering of presented material, chosen and utilised more for its artistic potential and the possibility of metaphoric reinvention.
All the works are deliberately open-ended and are intended to be completed by the viewer, as they bring their own memories and experiences to the interpretative process.

2018 Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, Manchester
2016 You Me It Now, 13 Herald Street, London
2013 Interference, Chapter, Cardiff
2011 Upstare, The Downstairs Gallery, Herefordshire
2011 Occidental Collusions, West Wales School of the Arts Gallery
2009 Inbetweenies, Elysium Gallery, Swansea
2009 Open, Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford
2009 Hole in the Wall, Cardiff 2008 Globe Gallery , Hay on Wye, Herefordshire


2019 Conversations in Sculpture, Huddersfield Art Gallery,
as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International with
the Royal Society of Sculptors
2019 Alight, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland
Group Show – won Richard Coley Award for Sculpture
2018/19 Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, London
2018 Wells Art Contemporary, Wells, Somerset
2018 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff
2017 Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, London
2017 Bankley Open, Manchester
2017 We: You,Me, Firstsite, Colchester
2017 FLUX, Centrala, Birmingham, in association with Grand Union
2016 Canwood Gallery, Hereford, alongside Carl Andre
2016 Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham
2016 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Abergavenny
2015 Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham
2015 Summer Salon, Lubomirov / Angus Hughes Gallery, London
2014 Everything Else is Just the Weather, Two person show
with Kelly Best, Arcadecardiff, Cardiff
2014 UNIT(e) G39 Cardiff
2013 Beyond Merely Assembling, Castlefield Gallery Project Space,
2013 HOT-ONE-HUNDRED, Schwartz Gallery, London
2013 AIR Artists, Group Show, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff
2013 Fresh Air Sculpture Biennale, Quenington
2013 Lines, Group Show, London
2012 The Witching Hour, Goat Major Projects, Cardiff
2012 Made in Roath, Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff
2011 Arewenotdrawntoanewera?, G39, Cardiff