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Mark Lloyd (United Kingdom)

Lloyd's work has been defined as post post-modern, metamodernist, and nascent. The key ideology that underpin Lloyds work are philosophy, science, and science fiction. Weighty concepts such as; consumption, search for God or higher powers, evolution, human advancement in the age of technology, globalization, dystopia and apocalypse, and failed utopian dreams have influenced his conceptual practice intentions. The work of Baudrillard, Lacan have influenced him, however one philosopher has had a significant role on Lloyd’s work; Slavoj Zizek. Science fictions from Mary Shelly to Philip K Dick inform crucial factors in his work. Lloyd has created a rich visual language that incorporates imagery from high and low cultural themes, which interconnect complex narratives that revisit history and gaze upon science fictions. Lloyds diversity of processes are influenced by traditional and contemporary art practice, from Renaissance compositional theory and established oil painting methods to Hip Hop mediums and processes such as; repeating, remixing, editing, layering, combining, and synthesizing to form a multiplicity of versions from a selected criterion. Computer programs and digital technology are fundamental components of his practice and he has also explored; printmaking, sculpture, installation, drawing, collage, and photography. He utilities digital printing, projectors, and found objects which act as stencil apparatus in his work. He values these found objects as vitally important as they add value, meaning and purpose. ‘My work is based on the blurring of philosophical conceptions and science fictions. This is visually manifested through and in the experience of creating primarily mixed media paintings. My work takes two differing pathways in imagery and application of materials. In the first pathway the work is highly controlled and formed through a specific process which is minimal and conceptual in appearance. The second pathway is more painterly and expressionistic in application and form and is manifested through dialogue quotations of created text. Most of my work directly references postmodern philosophical concepts, science theory, and science fiction. It intends to address as yet unknowns of human advancement in the age of computer technology, genetic development, and future possibilities and catastrophes of human evolution (often from a dystopic viewpoint). This is relevant and important in the context of escalating global corporate power and our ever increasing reliance and dependence on technology.’

Mark Lloyd

ARTiculAction Art Review November 2014 (Special Issue)  

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ARTiculAction Art Review November 2014 (Special Issue)  

submit your artworks to: articulaction@post.com

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