Mark Swysen

Bio

Mark Swysen, visual artist, Belgium

Mark Swysen’s work is a reflection on human behavior : men’s motivation and how people deal with their individual life, their peers and the world they live in.
The artist avoids anecdote and tilt the issues to a philosophical level, looking for the underlying structures. With poetic or surreal hints, often also with humour the artist wants to encourage the spectator' s imagination to think beyond the object.

In a search for the subtle balance between visual stimulus and meaningfullness of the content,  the repertoire of resources is inexhaustible: any material, object, sound or symbol can be recycled in Mark's language of images.

Mark Swysen is born in Hasselt in 1965 (Belgium). He lives and works in Antwerp.

Education:

Master in biological Sciences
Master in Art & Reserach.

Exhibitions:

2015:
Kassel (DE), Alte Brüderkirche: 'Dachverband'
Enschede (NL), Twente Biennial: 'Metamorph', international art biennial
Havana (Cuba), Havana Biennial: proyecto escena', international art biennal
Herne (DE, Flottmann-Hallen: 'I21st: der ankünftigen Abschied des Abenlandes?', solo museum show
Rotterdam (NL): Fenixloods: 'no walls expo', in situ group project

2014:
Essen (DE), Welterbe Zollverein: 'Contemporary Art Ruhr Positionen Skulptur  &Installation
Ieper (BE), Biënnale Open Sites: 'Sporen', international in situ group show
Dresden (DE), Ostragehege, Zentrum fur zeitgenössische Kunst: 'Ostrale 2014, annual contemporary art festival
Koksijde (BE), Platform voor Aktuele Kunst, Abdijhoeve Ten Bogaerde: 'Ten Oorlog', in situ group show
Haute-Saône (FR), Château de Bougey: 'FiArt', international art festival
Herten (DE): Maschinenhalle Zeche Scherlebeck: 'eine Befragung des Konzeptes der Erbsunde', solo show

2013:
Havana (Cuba): Centro Hispano-Americano de Cultura: 'Utopiart 27', international group show
Antwerp - Liège (BE): Espace 251 Nord + NICC: 'Le Canal', group project
Aardenburg (NL): Sint-Baafs Abdijkerk: 'Embodiment', international group show
Essen (DE): Folkwang Universität der Künste, SANAA-Gebäude; Sonderausstellung, C.A.R. Positionen', innovative media art show
Wuppertal (DE): Neuer Kunstverein: 'moving art box', international group show

2012:
Brussel (BE) : Boudewijngebouw, Vlaamse gemeenschap: 'Utopiart 27'
Seoul (South-Korea), Zaha Museum, Centre for Contemporary Art: “Network”, international group show
Dresden (DE), Ostragehege, Zentrum fur zeitgenössische Kunst: "Ostrale 2012: homegrown", annual contemporary art festival
Lille (FR), Lac des Espagnols LaM: “Biennale Open sites Entre-Lacs 2012, international in situ group show

2011:
Delft (NL), ID11: “Investigates temporary versus permanent”, artist-in-residence
Rouen (FR),  DRAC de Haute-Normandie: "H²O", Cathédrale de Rouen au festival d'art contemporain  “Courant d’Art”
Essen (DE), Zollverein: Contemporary Art Ruhr "Sonderausstellung Belgium"

2010:  
Brussel (BE), FeliXart Museum: "13.7" extra muros soloproject
Brussel (BE) , MMRK (Museum of Modern Religious Art): interventions in the collection
Gent (BE), Lineart: 'the Border', contemporary art zone, curator Joost Declercq (Museum MDD)