Mark Whalen "Gentle Reminders"
March 28, 2020 / May 9, 2020
Open Tuesday - Saturday 11 AM - 7 PM
Over the Influence, is pleased to announce a new solo exhibition “Gentle Reminders” by Los Angeles-based artist Mark Whalen. The exhibition features 10 new sculptural works and a series of wall–hung reliefs. There will be an opening reception on Saturday 28 March 2020 from 11 AM – 7 PM. The exhibition will be on view from 28 March – 09 May 2020 from Tuesday – Saturday 11 AM – 7 PM.
In this new series of sculptural works, Mark Whalen mixes everyday themes of work and play by merging industrial materials with found objects and studio reserves. Building relationships with iconic human shapes, color, and chromed elements, Whalen expands the narrative into vivid depictions of life’s folly. Handwritten post-it notes give insight into the studio process, while figures playfully toy with sharpened pencils and slick sausage links. A peek into Whalen’s sculptural construction confronts the viewer with the proximity of light humor and meticulous planning. Though the final results may be lighthearted and frivolous, the process is anything but – careful calculations and structure are needed to create the illusion of buoyancy in something made of such heavy materials.