Project 84, London
The Lazinc Gallery exhibition will feature nine sculptures, three canvases and a series of works on paper. Among the highlights are a fisherman figure hanging from the gallery’s exterior balcony and a number of Jenkins' provocative human-like sculptures that he has become famous for. The exhibition's centrepiece, a bird-like figure crashed head first into the gallery floor, serves as a visual reminder of Jenkins' BRD SHT metaphor. Jenkins has said of the work: ‘The intention is to show suicide as the failure of flight; death, not as a choice, but as the consequence of exhaustion. And for me a personal reminder. It was the fate of Brewster McCloud and unfortunately a million people each year.’
Mark Jenkins’ work has never shied away from difficult subjects. With his partner and co-collaborator, Sandra Fernandez, Jenkins creates sculptural street installations that more often than not take the form of human bodies – usually cast from his own figure – that interact with the surrounding environment. Faceless figures sitting cross-legged on street corners, hooded bodies floating facing down under bridges and see-through babies playing in puddles are among the figures populating old works.
Welcome to the surreal world of Mark Jenkins. The 84 sculptures installed on the top of the ITV building made people stop in their tracks and got them talking about the seriousness of mental health and male suicide in the UK. We are sure that his next exhibition will be as troubling and incisive as his last.
Samaritans: 116 123
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men: 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
Mental Health Awareness Week, 14-20 May
|What||Mark Jenkins, BRD SHT, Lazinc Gallery, Mayfair|
|Where||Lazinc Gallery, 29 Sackville Street, W1S 3DX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Green Park (underground)|
25 May 18 – 30 Jun 18, Closed on Mondays and Sundays
|Website||Click here for more information|