Critical Writing Index

Always Working: The Aesthetic Labours of Kelly Mark

by Rosemary Heather

Canadian Art, Winter 2007, v. 24, no. 4, pp. 50-54

A scrutiny of Kelly Mark's practice that charts her work within the framework of conceptual art history. Heather asserts that Mark updates "first-generation conceptualist heroics" with the everyday banal into a conclusive, fully immersive synthesis of high and low culture. That "everything is potential subject matter for art" further diminishes the division of life and art while calling into question the artist's tenuous claim to ownership. The article also highlights a causal chain between artistic conceptual dematerialization and the digitalization of modern Western culture.

ITEM 2007.088 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

In & OutKelly Mark

StaffKelly Mark

Pillar (100 Million Approx)Kelly Mark

Glow HouseKelly Mark

Glow Video Series (Horror/Suspense/Romance/Porn/Kung-fu)Kelly Mark

REMKelly Mark

Time PieceTehching Hsieh

RopeTehching Hsieh

Tino Sehgal

Vito Acconci

Dan Graham

Sol LeWitt

Lawrence Weiner

Yoko Ono

Donald Judd