MARK PORTER – “BAPHOMET” & CHRIS ANDRES
September 23, 2016 - December 31, 2017
MARK PORTER – “BAPHOMET”
Mark Porter was born in Warwick, Rhode Island, but is based in Brooklyn, where he has established a studio that merges sculpture, installation, and innovative construction techniques across mediums. Trained in classical sculpture, Mark worked as Boaz Vaadia’s assistant, finding a great affinity in the artist’s use of space and the natural environment in his sculptures. While Mark does not deliberately court controversy, his combination of the beautiful and the disturbing rendered with a precise technique and modern mindset can lead the casual observer to mistake him for a provocateur. The greater narrative in this work, however, relates to an understanding of the truth that is revealed in the interaction between materials, form, and gesture. In this revelation, strength may be cast in disposable plastics while fragile subtle elements are embodied in steel.
The work of Christopher P. Andres likens the spirit of his work to Clive Barker’s poetic description of the Cenobites as “repulsive glamour” – images and sculptures that reconcile beauty and horror, play things and idols, the sacred and the blasphemous. Andres draws from the proactive attitudes of Joel-Peter Witkin, Pierre et Gilles, Kara Walker, Michael Ray Charles, and Rupaul. His sculptures echo veneration found both in the adult toy collector and the devotee of a saint statue. His photographs reflect contemplations of religious icons and fashion editorials. His work was a constant and delicious challenge the institution where he earned his MFA, The University of Notre Dame.