My sculptures are a subversion of Brutalist Architecture. They all fit together with no glue or hardware. My mantra is “No Fuss.” Keep it simple. My work points to Japanese wood working, specifically in temples and shrines, were very impactful during two recent trips to Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. The jubilant colors in my sculptures evoke simple children’s toys and 80’s fashion.
The architecture of the Middle East--brutalist, sand beaten buildings in the desert, like playthings of giants, are a huge influence. For the last 5 years (except 2020) I’ve worked at the Abu Dhabi Louvre 1-2 months per year.
Shifting scales...I also collect coins, stones and toys. I make zines and watch anime. My love of Science Fiction, city life, and travel all mash together in these objects. In my studio with no windows I listen to WNYC, Hot 97, WBGO The Jazz Source and play Tetris.
I was trained as a painter but today I make sculptures. Makes sense. Feels right. I realized Architecture and design had been a huge influence in my life. All the way back to attending a Louis Kahn designed Unitarian Church in the 90’s in Rochester, NY and collecting Moonbeams pencils in elementary school.
- Mark Sengbusch