An age-old and enduring form of human expression, to make marks is to set in motion a creative process. Open ended in its nature, mark making is generative, a physical act that creates space for thinking and exploration.
Children produce marks before they learn the written word – by stamping, smearing, rubbing, arcing, tracing. Burdened by inhibition over time, the ability to make marks freely can diminish without practice.
Spanning the fields of contemporary jewellery, architecture, design and painting, Mark Work features six artists whose work communicates across form and discipline. Inextricably linked to time spent in the studio and the strong bond formed with materials and making processes.
Mark Work foregrounds mark making as a radical and democratic tool for creative practice. From working drawings to the spontaneous outcomes of a shared studio, the exhibition includes previously unseen research, alongside newly commissioned work.
Mark Work is part of CoCA Centre of Contemporary Art Toi Moroki’s programme partnership with Auckland public gallery Objectspace which sees the organisations work together to develop and present exhibitions throughout 2021.
Image credit: Warwick Freeman, drawing. Photograph: Samuel Hartnett.