2014 Solo Exhibition by Mark Pawson in Milton Keynes!
photos by Tom Eke
Familiar images and symbols are layered, multiplied and combined with slogans in the visually
intense work of artist and
publisher Mark Pawson in his exhibition Sign Map Bag, at Milton Keynes Arts Centre this Autumn.
"I collect things for my own amusement and decoration, Every so often a group of objects will
push their way to the
forefront and demand to be taken a bit more seriously." Mark Pawson.
exhibition reflects a collectors sensibility, presenting groupings of signs, postcards, letters
and maps: objects which are
manipulated, overprinted and collaged in bold transformations. For
over 25 years Pawson has generated a constant stream of
hand-made books, postcards, badges and
multiples. These portable and affordable artworks make their way to audiences
from his legendary
stall at book fairs and markets around the world as well as from his own mail-order service and
Along with Pawson's near-obsessive collecting, ordering and fastidious making we find
playful provocations and reflections
on the wider culture of production, consumption and exchange.
Slogans such as 'Wear More Badges' and 'Never Throw
Anything Away EVER' appear in acidic colour
via screenprint and photocopy. Examples of works include Reduce Reuse
Repair Recycle (2011)
and Street Market/Supermarket (2014) reflecting Pawson's preoccupations with environmental
issues by hand-printing onto the reverse of pizza boxes in one work and fusing together two
pre-used plastic bags in the
other, recharging these once commonplace and disposable
items with a new lease of life and purpose. Both of these pieces
at the same time generously
make themselves available to the viewer for ownership, the former offered free of charge and
the latter moderately priced at the cost of its previous contents, indicated by the shopping
receipt still tucked inside as a
reminder of the bags previous life.
A Mark Pawson Perspex
sign, made with jewellers Tatty Devine, OPEN & CLOSED (2004) has hung on the front door
Keynes Arts Centre since 2012. We are now delighted to welcome him back to fill our gallery.
EVENTS - Long Time No See, Friday 3rd October, 7 to 9pm. Free.
Taking inspiration from seeing Claude Bessy VJ at the
Hacienda nightclub, Manchester, in the early 1980s, Pawson will
show an eclectic, energetic mix of short
films and video clips: expect skateboards, energy domes, puppets, Sugar Puffs, toy
cameras and a little bit
of choreography. Pawson, who has not watched television for 35 years, will introduce each
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education charity established in 1974. We offer creative workshops,
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promoting participation and learning through courses, exhibitions and events.
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Keynes, MK14 5DZ
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