Visual american artist Mark Jenkins (44) creates provocative, balance-challenging installation sculptures and then places them in real-world contexts. From Winston-Salem to Moscow to the bustling streets of Barcelona, Jenkins has certainly made a name for himself with his distinct approach to public art. His human forms come in a variety of incarnations: the newspaper papier mâché man perched against a Seoul light standard to a blond female mannequin sporting contemporary dress about the step off the side of a Dublin building. But recent buzz is around his translucent forms made entirely of packing tape. Check out the time-lapse video below of Jenkins creating one of his tape sculptures for the 2012 Scotch Off The Roll Tape Sculpture Contest.
“Once I have the finished sculpture, I’ll put it out on the street or in nature or somewhere where it interacts with the environment. Really it’s kind of the idea of turning the street into a stage and this sort of urban theater has a life of its own. If you have creative drive, and you need to manifest it, then you need some sort of medium to do that through. For me, it worked out with sculpture, and tape just is a means of doing sculpture.”