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mark houghton

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Born: warrington
Lives: hay on wye

1994 M.A. in Fine Art, University of Wales in Cardiff
1983 B.A. Honours in Fine Art, Middlesex University

Solo Exhibitions
2011 Occidental Collusions, West Wales School of the Arts Gallery, Carmarthen
2009 inbetweenies, The Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales
2009 Open, Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford
2009 Hole in the Wall, Peacocks Store, Roath, Cardiff
2008 Globe Gallery , Hay on Wye, Herefordshire
2001 Globe Gallery , Hay on Wye, Herefordshire
1989 Leeds Camera Centre, Holborn, London
1988 The Square Gallery, Highgate, London
1983 Bridge Lane Theatre, Battersea, London

Group Exhibitions
2011 Arewenotdrawntowardsanewera? G39 Cardiff
2010 Archive Show, Unit 3b, Sheffield
2010 Backlit Open 2010, Backlit, Nottingham
2010 The Tomorrow People, The Elevator Gallery, Hackney
2010 DIY, Surface Arts, Exeter
2009 Surface / Space / Time, The Crypt Gallery, London
2009 wood, canvas, steel(?), tactilebosch, Cardiff
2009 Overview, Elysium Gallery, Swansea
2008 Traces, The Schwartz Gallery, London
2006 Herefordshire College of Art and Design
2005 The Art of Love, Oxo Tower, London
2004 Gallery International, Baltimore, USA
2004 Identity, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown
2003 Plinth, The Cube, Leeds
2002 / 2003 Land, Artsway, Hampshire
2001 The International Festival of Light, Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
2001 Twenty Years of Excellence, The Bemis Centre for Contemporary Arts, USA
2000 / 2001 Wales Drawing Biennale, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
2000 Concrete Jungle, Gallery Fresh, London
2000 The Stroud Open, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud ( Prize Winner )
2000 Caught in the Act, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud
1999 / 2000 Wales Drawing Biennale, and site-specific drawing installation at Wrexham Arts Centre, Wrexham, and Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff
1999 Bemis Centre for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
1999 Pompa Collection, Nottingham
1999 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Anglesey
1998 / 1999 10th Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno
1998 Bayonet, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud
1997 / 1998 Wales Drawing Biennale, Wrexham Arts Centre, Wrexham,
Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
1997 Chairs, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
1996/97 Angels and Mechanics, Oriel, Theatre Clwyd, Mold, Tullie House, Carlisle, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London and South Hill Park Centre, Reading
1994 Fresh Art, Business Design Centre, Islington, London
1994 Two To, Cardiff Institute of Higher Education, Cardiff
1993 The Gift of Life, The Imagination Gallery, London
1993 The Welsh Sculpture Exhibition, Margam Park, West Glamorgan

Artist’s Statement – Mark Houghton

“The poet scans the landscape with his hermeneutic gaze, but it remains trackless, refuses to emerge into meaningfulness as a landscape of signs”.

J.M.Coetzee – “Disgrace” – 1999

My aim is to search for portent and potential narrative in the overlooked and seemingly insignificant aspects of the everyday. We are all surrounded by the evidence and detritus of almost 40,000 years of the activity of homo faber, and any landscape can essentially be read as an inescapable narrative of intervention. Therefore, I feel it important to celebrate and high light the over looked elements, the anti-monuments and non-events of that landscape, as I feel that these are equally relevant, when we are attempting to decipher a given landscape. Discarded items, the un-thought about gaps between buildings etc., these all have visual qualities that feed into, and inform our piece meal absorption of our surroundings, that subsequently help us to order and decipher the complexity of the environments we inhabit.
I feel that the role of the contemporary artist is to force a reassessment of the everyday. It is my intention to highlight overlooked aspects of the everyday, in order to isolate and represent aspects of the urban environment, with the aim of forging a visual poetry of the commonplace, to elevate the irrelevance of the ordinary.

The Bemis Centre for Contemporary Arts
The Elmley Foundation
The Arts Council for Wales
The North Weir Trust


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