Territorial Markers Recent Drawing Machines By Mark Porter
Territorial Markers features recent kinetic sculptures and preliminary drawings by Chicago artist Mark Porter. Inspired by Porter’s exploration of the spirit of invention and created with a fusion of found and custom-made parts, the drawing machines serve as prototypes which emphasize the quality of the hand made object. Over the course of the exhibit, his sculptures will expel a pigmented, soapy sludge that oozes and drips onto the walls of the gallery. Collectively, these sculptures act to convert the gallery into workshop or experimental laboratory. Individually, each work serves as commentary on the the concept of ownership and the act of creating an object which automates a process.