Be Not Content
In a separate room in the gallery the world premier of the 2 channel video installation 'Be Not Content' 2011 by Mark Titchner is displayed. The moving black and white images and the disturbing atmosphere of this work can be related to the work of Rudolph. Mark Titchner’s art explores the tensions between the different belief systems that inform society, be they religious, scientific or political. He focuses on marginalized, shameful or forgotten objects and ideologies on which we base our faith. Titchner gets his motives from the world of advertisment, religious iconography, club flyers, banners, political propaganda and other agencies vying for attention.
The common denominator of this search for idealism is the search for enlightenment, a desire for some form of transcendence. But abstracted from its original context, the message is stripped of it’s meaning. We know that we are asked to respond, but the goal is unclear. Leaving us behind with the formal means of encouragement and our personal desire for the knowledge of meaning.
Mark Titchner was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2006. Recent soloshows: Art in the Public Realm Bristol, Bristol (2012), Be True To Your Oblivion, which was part of Metal Festival, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Birmingham (2011), Mark Titchner, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2011), Mark Titchner, Vilma Gold, London (2010) and Motto, Art House Foundation, London (2010). In 2003 he had a solo show Be Angry but Don't Stop Breathing as part of the Art Now series at Tate Britain. His work is held in the permanent collections of the South London Gallery, the United Kingdom Government Art Collection and the Tate.