Mark Manders has been developing his sculptural installations since the end of the 1980s. His extensive production can in many ways be seen as one integral work where each exhibition presents new fragments of what Manders himself describes as a self-portrait.
In this context the ‘self-portrait’ must be understood as a comprehensive ongoing project where the artist attempts to translate his own existence, his thoughts and emotions, into wordless, highly associative three-dimensional images. The relationship between thought and the material presence is at the core of Manders’ works. As if the power of thought can be manifested physically and spatially, Manders’ sculptures take the form of an individual mind as a network, presented to the viewers as various materializations of thought.
For the exhibition The Absence of Mark Manders the artist created an integrated installation which, along with works from 1990 to 2005, constituted a thorough presentation of Manders’ artistry. These works are presented in the catalogue, which has the same name as the exhibition. In addition to essays by Stephan Berg and Mirjam Varadinis, Mark Manders has himself provided texts describing several of the works reproduced in the catalogue.
Published by: Hatje Cantz (with Bergen Kunsthall, Kunstverein Hannover, S.M.A.K and Kunsthaus Zürich), 2008
Editors: Stephan Berg, Solveig Øvstebø, Philippe Van Cauteren, Mirjam Varadinis
Artist: Mark Manders
Texts: Stephan Berg, Solveig Øvstebø, Philippe Van Cauteren, Mirjam Varadinis, Mark Manders, Douglas Fogle
Design: Roger Willems and Mark Manders, Roma Publications, Amsterdam
Illustrations: not specified
Soft-cover: 26 × 20 cm
Price: NOK 250/EUR31