Strange Time at Boom Gallery
Posted 8 November 2018
Local artist Mark De Koning‘s first solo exhibition at Boom, Strange Time is an inquiry into the human condition, exploring how we as a species relate to the bizarre world we have created, criticising mistakes we have made and continue to make, and evoking the urgent question; ‘what should we do now?’
Mark explores these ideas through contemporary drawing, working with pencil, gouache and paper. He utilises symbols, characters and hyper-realistic subjects to convey meaning. Inspired by an evolving interest in humans as a species and their relationship with the world in a modern context, he seeks to provoke critical thinking and reflection amongst his audience.
Mark studied Fine Art at RMIT in Melbourne, majoring in drawing. This focus enabled him to develop and refine his skills. Since 2010, he has taken part in various exhibitions around Australia, been selected as a finalist for the Clifton Art Prize and published his work. He is now based on the Surf Coast, where he works as a graphic designer, photographer and project firefighter. Mark continues to challenge himself, experimenting with various mediums, he aspires to further refine his concepts, provoke critical thought and to continually evolve his process.
Opening celebration Saturday 10 November 2pm – 4pm in conjunction with Beth Gibbeson, Got Me Singing