Mark Jenkins

Jun 22, 2013


Paris-based Galerie Patricia Dorfmann currently holds a solo show with our former interviewee Mark Jenkins. Actually nothing in Mark Jenkins’s early life pointed to a career in art. The science graduate only became an artist after messing around with packaging tape and discovering its potential as a sculpting material. He created his first life-sized figure made from tape ten years ago and displayed it on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Even then, his sculptures of men, women, babies and animals looked realistic. Since then, Jenkins has made them look even more life-like, by dressing them in second-hand clothes.

Jenkins’s figures have added to street life in cities all around the world. They shift our sense of irony and humor and question their surroundings, too – its accepted realities, norms and conventions. As Jenkins once explained, “If the city was a body, my artworks were like herpes – the body attacks itself.”

Mark Jenkins

Galerie Patricia Dorfmann

June 22 – July 20, 2013
61 rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris