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  • Provenance

    Peres Projects, Berlin

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I started to realize I needed a new technique to go further. So I saw a piece of lace, and I thought that it was kind of like silkscreen, which I had done a lot of. I just tried rolling paint through the lace at first, and I realized it was kind of interesting – lace does weird things with paint." MARK FLOOD

    Mark flood once described one of his exhibitions as the "humorous look at the plight of the contemporary artist". This self deprecating view on his own work typifies an artist who has purposefully shunned much of the growing interest surrounding him. Conflicted about being acclaimed as an artist and yet very much not wanting to be part of the world which consumes his art has seen the artist’s approach vary a great deal - from the visiting the mass produced to laboring over the beautifully exquisite. The present lot forms part of this latter series in which the artist lays lace on the canvas, building up color over and subsequently tearing it away to produce a vivid and intricate patternation. Inspired by Dave Hickey's 1993 book The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty, the artist explains his departure from his wry take on consumerist low brow advertising to these latter objects of beauty: “I made ugly art…But that’s what I thought art was about—if you made something beautiful, you were suspect. … When I discovered how to make something beautiful, I no longer needed any art bureaucracy.”

35

Pink Summer Day

2009
acrylic on canvas
182 x 122.2 cm. (71 5/8 x 48 1/8 in.)
Signed, titled and dated '"PINK SUMMER DAY" Mark Flood 5-10-2009 May 10th' on the overlap.

Estimate
£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £80,500

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