Early Redemption

Mark Anstee

Archive Exhibitions (1 September to 25 September 2005)
For 25 days in September the British artist Mark Anstee made a new drawing live at Fabrica. Suspended high up in the chancel of this former church and appearing as a blurred shadow, he created an accumulating mass of individually drawn figures onto a vast translucent membrane.
For Anstee it is fundamental that these live drawings are witnessed. Early Redemption focuses on the act of drawing and the witnessing of that act. By placing the spectator and the artist either side of the drawing surface, each party is connected only by the shared experience of seeing new forms created in front of their eyes.

The title, Early Redemption, a contemporary financial term for penalties relating to the premature repayment of debt, alludes to the archaic language of retribution found in the Old Testament or the sinister placards carried by street preachers warning of plague and pestilence dealt out by an unknown agent.

This piece further explored Anstee’s interest in creating temporary large-scale drawings in public spaces and followed projects at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and at the In Flanders Fields Museum, Belgium.

About The Artist

Mark Anstee makes drawings. From singular observational silverpoint studies to large-scale durational performance drawings, he has made work for museums, galleries and created drawing interventions in the landscape.

His installations collectively known as Drawing Monuments have manifested themselves as witnessed feats of physical endurance; 3D drawn sculptures; faux Neolithic pictographs, and as retina burning neon icons.Mark uses a wide variety of methods, techniques, and materials, incorporating processes used in printmaking, sculpture, painting, theatre and filmmaking.

He has been commissioned to make projects at Imperial War Museum North Manchester; Stonehenge Wiltshire; Bluecoat Liverpool; De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill; Fabrica Gallery Brighton; Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, John Hansard Gallery Southampton, RAMM Exeter, and In Flanders Fields Museum Belgium.

He has works in a number of public and private collections including the David Roberts Foundation.

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