Paper inscribed by the artist
Paper size: 45cm x 31cm
Edition of 50
"The edition is a model of a work I realised in 2010 around London and documented as a film. I have scratched MARK into doll’s house brick wall paper. MARK is a verb, a noun, a proper name and the name I answer to."
‘The idea of ‘marking’ objects with his own name would continue, and expand into the public realm. In MARK, produced over the summer of 2010, Wallinger’s self-conscious performance of self-centredness would absorb vast swathes of London, the city that has so regularly been a backdrop for his art. Across the capital, from Clapham Junction to Mayfair to Camden Town, and many points between – he recorded his chalking of the work ‘MARK’ within the parameters of single standard sized brick. The consistency of scale and the centring of this ‘MARK’ makes a deadpan vanishing point that sits still while, figuratively, the city changes about it. In a digitally rendered, photographic slideshow, 2,265 images appear every three seconds, over a span of nearly two hours. Within this comically affectless tagging was, once again, a performed attempt to ‘get a grip on things’ on small and large scales. Given that bricks are, as Wallinger says, ‘as ubiquitous as people’, those things might readily include oneself and one’s position in a larger scheme of things. If, as he suggests, ‘naming and numbering are in some kind of relationship at the limit of use or uselessness,’ there’s a fine line being walked here between controlling one’s environment and accepting how insignificant one is within it.’
Martin Herbert, MARK – Thames and Hudson, 2011
Mark Wallinger was born in Chigwell, England, 1959. He studied in London at the Chelsea School of Art (1978–81) and Goldsmiths College (1983–85). He was first nominated for the Turner Prize in 1995, and again in 2007 when he won. His work is part of numerous leading international collections including Tate, London; MoMA, New York; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. He is represented by Hauser & Wirth.
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