Mark Essen

Mark Essen

Occasional Lamp (2015)

Essen’s work explores idiosyncrasies of popular culture and social idealism. Exploring the space between beauty and redundancy, Essen aims to give new meaning to the obsolete. For Studio_Leigh, Essen’s work takes its form from a 1961 cylindrical device created by British artist Brion Gysin. Featuring a light source suspended in its centre, ###i/i### rotated at 78 or 45rpm creating pulses of light so as to induce alpha waves in the brain – activity apparently corresponding to a hypnagogic state or entering sleep from wakefulness.  Instead, Essen readdresses the shape of this work to create a domestic composition and appliance, applying a glutinous glaze onto his “pillars” so as to encapsulate the artist’s interest in German Pottery of the 1960s.

Mark Essen received his MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in 2014. Essen works mainly in ceramics but also creates video and print. Selected exhibitions include: Wasters, Edel Assanti, London (2015); Rough Music, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood (2015); Faux Sho, Assembly House, Leeds (2015); A Union of Voices, Horatio Jr., London (2014); Cassius Clay, Marcelle Joseph Projects, London (2014); See it this, Forde, Geneva (2014); Sounding, Modern Art Oxford (2014); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Bristol & London (2013); Outpost Members Show, Selected by Ruth Ewan, Outpost, Norwich (2012); Temporary Sites, Milton Keynes Gallery (2012); Slipped, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2011).

Mark Essen

Occasional Lamp (2015)

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Large Pillars 120 x 40 cm

Small Pillars 56 cm x 28 cm

Glazed ceramic pillar

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