The Invisible Republic

2006

Titchner, Mark
Mark Titchner's sculptures, installations, wall paintings, light boxes, vinyl banners, billboards and digital animations present us with eclectic samplings from twentieth-century culture and counter-culture. Launching fragmentary missives from a number of sources, ranging from rock music to philosophy, theology and sociology, his works carry allusions to early abstract art, 1970s interior design, revolutionary graphics, and obscure cults. Stripped of their context, these found messages are morphed and reconfigured into strident and hallucinatory images emblazoned with slogans. 'The Invisible Republic', an eight metre-long fibreglass banner, epitomises the hopes and ideals of today’s culturally overly aware society. Extracted from corporate mission statements, each slogan is prefixed by the words 'We Want', taken from the ten-point plan of an anti-Capitalist revolutionary group. The banner is relentless in its demanding of improvement, potential, and collective contribution towards a better cultural future. With it, Titchner makes a wry comment on the current state of art, and its position within today’s commercial society; as he explains, 'I use titles that I find rather than create so, like each work's aesthetic, they are always embroiled in an historical moment.' Marianne Mulvey, drawn from British Art Show 6 text by Helen Luckett, 2006
  • Artwork Details: 850 x 180cm
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  • Material description: inkjet on vinyl
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Print
  • Accession number: ACC13/2006

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