The urban landscape and its various psycho geographies of sound and vision are central to Mark Wallace’s practice, which spans traditional art forms such as drawing and printmaking as well as new technologies such as digital imaging and sound production.
At its conceptual core is a persistent refusal to accept surface values, and a desire to peer beyond our immediate architecture in search of hidden sources. His prints, collages, animations and video works use social, cultural and political satire as a means of deconstructing power structures and dismantling consensus realities. Symbolic systems are subverted through his re-appropriation of existing iconographies, coloured by his innate wit and humour, and taking inspiration from a wide range of references including all forms of street and urban art, records, films, posters, collage, abstract painting, graphic novels, comic strips, esoteric symbolism, and modernist architecture
A further, often related, aspect of his work is his music production and DJing, which similarly responds to the patterns and morphologies of his urban environment, thriving on a collision between abstract sonic experimentation and club culture. Integral to Mark’s on going research is the manifest and integral relationships between the sonic and the visual, as seen in his parallel visual outputs of record covers, labels, and posters.
Mark has worked as a creative consultant for STV and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, and has work in several private collections.
2014-2015 ‘Whitfield’ A Housing Estate’, Publication. Currently archiving/researching and collating historical material, interviews, blue prints, stories for a book charting the construction and demise of one of the UKs largest Housing estates built in Dundee in the 1960’s and demolished in 1990s.
2013- Video piece of Colin Mcluckie painting by Calum Colvin for the ‘Burnsiana’ exhibition inspired by the life and work of Rabbie Burns, Compass Gallery, 178 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4RL
2013- Impact International Print Festival , solo exhibition Rhythm and Print. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and design, DD1 4HN
An exhibition to show how printmaking media may be tailored to the aesthetic qualities of sound, reflecting close collaborative bonds between the visual and auditory, between print and sound.
2013- Invisible Scotland Invisible Scotland: Revealing a Process of Interdisciplinary Discovery Paperback –
Public Talk and Walk In the City, Lectures, Article in Publication.
Publisher: Moray School of Art Press (October 2013)
2013- Kora Play Exhibition Curatorial Role, Rep Theatre Dundee, Bonar Hall Dundee
Play written by Tom Mcgrath based on the characters from a Dundee Housing Estate
2012- Generator Members Show-‘Dundee Cake’ Cake with Box, Generator Projects Mid Wynd Dundee http://generatorprojects.co.uk/
2012- Artist' s Books Exhibition Yuck n Yum Exhibition Dundee Contemporary Arts 2012
2012- Symbolism Exhibition, Lower Foyer Gallery, Screen Printed record sleeve with Pressed Vinyl Record
2011-Members Show Generator Projects- Lard Bites, Pope Haggis, Prints and Sculpture
2010- 2013 Yuck n Yum Magazine
2010-2012 ‘Prints of Darkness’ Exhibition at Edinburgh Printmakers 2010, Edinburgh International Festival Edinburgh Printmakers, 17 July – 04 September 2010; Matthew Gallery University of Dundee, 13 November - 11 December 2010; The Changing Room, Stirling, 12 May - 25 June 2011; Engramme, Quebec, Canada, 28 October – 11 December 2011; Rhyl Library Arts Centre, North Wales, 21 January - 25 February 2012; Pallant House Gallery; West Sussex, England, 21 August - 21 October 2012..
International An investigation of the impact of record cover art on visual artists. Twelve artists were commissioned to produce one print in record-cover format as a response to the research theme. Artists: Andrew Cranston, Tommy Crooks, Malcy Duff, Duncan Marquiss, Lee O'Connor, Chris Orr, Norman Shaw, Edward Summerton, The Lonely Piper, Andy Wake, Mark Wallace, with Vicky Bennett, AKA People Like Us. Project included a related events programme including Instruments of Darkness - a night of iconoclastic music and performance programmed by the curators and featuring artists and their associates from the exhibition.