Research, Exhibitions, Publications

The urban landscape and its various psycho geographies of sound and vision are central to Mark Wallace’s practice, which spans traditional art forms such as drawing and printmaking as well as new technologies such as digital imaging and sound production.

At its conceptual core is a persistent refusal to accept surface values, and a desire to peer beyond our immediate architecture in search of hidden sources. His prints, collages, animations and video works use social, cultural and political satire as a means of deconstructing power structures and dismantling consensus realities. Symbolic systems are subverted through his re-appropriation of existing iconographies, coloured by his innate wit and humour, and taking inspiration from a wide range of references including all forms of street and urban art, records, films, posters, collage, abstract painting, graphic novels, comic strips, esoteric symbolism, and modernist architecture
A further, often related, aspect of his work is his music production and DJing, which similarly responds to the patterns and morphologies of his urban environment, thriving on a collision between abstract sonic experimentation and club culture. Integral to Mark’s on going research is the manifest and integral relationships between the sonic and the visual, as seen in his parallel visual outputs of record covers, labels, and posters.
Mark has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, and has work in several private collections.

 

2014-2015 ‘Whitfield’ A Housing Estate’, Publication. Currently archiving/researching and collating historical material, interviews, blue prints, stories for a book charting the construction and demise of one of the UKs largest Housing estates built in Dundee in the 1960’s and demolished in 1990s.

1213- Video piece of Colin Mcluckie painting by Calum Colvin for the ‘Burnsiana’ exhibition inspired by the life and work of Rabbie Burns, Compass Gallery, 178 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4RL

2013- Impact International Print Festival , solo exhibition Rhythm and Print. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and design, DD1 4HN
An exhibition to show how printmaking media may be tailored to the aesthetic qualities of sound, reflecting close collaborative bonds between the visual and auditory, between print and sound.

Invisible Scotland

Discovering Dundee: Patrick Geddes and Traces in Place

Invisible Scotland

Discovering Dundee: Patrick Geddes and Traces in Place

Aug. 2nd : Dundee and Patrick Geddes
Guides: Mark Wallace and Aidan Williams: 'The Hidden City'
09:00-12:00: Dundee walking tour

Schedule: 3 hour walking tour across the heart of Dundee, looking at the 'spectral traces' embedded with in the city of unseen geometries and examining ways in which the visible and invisible social histories intersect.

 

Aug. 2nd : Dundee and Patrick Geddes
Guides: Mark Wallace and Aidan Williams: 'The Hidden City'
09:00-12:00: Dundee walking tour

Schedule: 3 hour walking tour across the heart of Dundee, looking at the 'spectral traces' embedded with in the city of unseen geometries and examining ways in which the visible and invisible social histories intersect. Revealing a Process of Interdisciplinary Discovery Paperback –
Public Talk and Walk In the City, Lectures, Article in Publication.
Publisher: Moray School of Art Press (October 2013)

http://www.mappingspectraltraces.org/mst-publications-2013.html
ISBN-10: 0957642806
ISBN-13: 978-0957642805

2013- Kora Play Magnetic North Productions Exhibition Curatorial Role, Rep Theatre Dundee, Bonar Hall Dundee
Play written by Tom Mcgrath based on the characters from a Dundee Housing Estate

2012- Generator Members Show-‘Dundee Cake’ Cake with Box, Generator Projects Mid Wynd Dundee http://generatorprojects.co.uk/

2012- Artist' s Books Exhibition Yuck n Yum Exhibition Dundee Contemporary Arts 2012

2012- Symbolism Exhibition, Lower Foyer Gallery, Screen Printed record sleeve with Pressed Vinyl Record
2011-Members Show Generator Projects- Lard Bites, Pope Haggis, Prints and Sculpture

2010- 2013 Yuck n Yum Magazine http://www.yucknyum.com/ http://www.yucknyum.com/

 2010- ‘Sweet FA’ Postcard Exhibition Rosangle Gallery, Rose angle Dundee

2010-2012 ‘Prints of Darkness’ Exhibition at Edinburgh Printmakers 2010, Edinburgh International Festival Edinburgh Printmakers, 17 July – 04 September 2010; Matthew Gallery University of Dundee, 13 November - 11 December 2010; The Changing Room, Stirling, 12 May - 25 June 2011; Engramme, Quebec, Canada, 28 October – 11 December 2011; Rhyl Library Arts Centre, North Wales, 21 January - 25 February 2012; Pallant House Gallery; West Sussex, England, 21 August - 21 October 2012..
 International An investigation of the impact of record cover art on visual artists. Twelve artists were commissioned to produce one print in record-cover format as a response to the research theme. Artists: Andrew Cranston, Tommy Crooks, Malcy Duff, Duncan Marquiss, Lee O'Connor, Chris Orr, Norman Shaw, Edward Summerton, The Lonely Piper, Andy Wake, Mark Wallace, with Vicky Bennett, AKA People Like Us. Project included a related events programme including Instruments of Darkness - a night of iconoclastic music and performance programmed by the curators and featuring artists and their associates from the exhibition.  

http://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/event/203032-prints-of-darkness/
ISBN 978-0-9541530-2-1.

2009- Commissioned by Dundee Council Community Education Dept. to create a brand for a youth project, produce, and edit a film for a local youth project.
This included combining drawings and graphics.

2009-2014 Art Writer for UK Vibe online music publication
Interviewing and showing art and design related to music, I have just interviewed Stuart Hammersley (graphic designer for Tempa Records, Appleblim Records) and photographer Sean Bloodworth for future articles to be archived http://www.ukvibe.org/
Future interviews have been confirmed with world Swifty Typo graphics Recent interview with David Ellis

2008-9 Dundee Visual Artists Award 2008/9
Local award sponsored by the Scottish Art Council, Released Limited edition Vinyl
Record with packaging

2008- Peek into my Arthole, Charity Exhibition Rosangle Gallery
‘Dundee City of Discovery’ two colour Screen-print of drawings and graphics

2008- Members Show, Generator Projects
Satirical full colour 150cmx300 Digital print on paper of the local newspaper ‘The Evening Telegraph

2008- Pathfinder Exhibition-
The Space, Kingsway Dundee,
Installation of Record Sleeves with sound on headphones at the entrance of the Space Annual Pathfinder project

2007- Digital VD, Curated by Edward Summerton, Mike Windle, Moira Payne.. December 2006.  The Ice Box Crane Arts Center Philadelphia; Galerie Weissraum
Kyoto, Japan; Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK; Groenhazengracht 1 Leiden Netherlands; Mat's Flat Ul. Holowki, Warsaw, Poland; Margaret St Gallery, Birmingham City University, UK; Incident Report, Hudson New York, USA; Edinburgh Printmakers, UK
Artists Include Rachel Maclean, Eddie Summerton, Norman Shaw, Duncan Marquis
http://www.porty.net/digitalvd/
Published by Hungry Dog
ISBN 978-0-9451412-5-7

 2005-Dr Skin Sixteen artists were invited to submit a design for a temporary tattoo for Dr. Skin, a unique public art event taking place across Perthshire in Scotland. Sixteen residents of Perthshire were asked to wear these tattoos where they and the life of the temporary tattoo would be documented through film to be presented in one of Europe’s leading interactive video screening suites. was produced and presented in Perth Concert Hall Threshold Space in May 2006.
ISBN 0-905452-50-X and 987-0-905452-50-0

2004-2005 Creative Consultant for STV Designed the Branding and motion Graphics stings for two Scottish Television shows, were aired at 7.30 pm primetime on national Television
Arts and Culture show ’Off The Wall’, Social Issues Series  ‘Get Real'  

2004- Interviewed by STV about film  ‘Outer City Blues’ Memories from Whitfield Housing Estate Dundee for Arts and Culture Show ‘Off The Wall’

2004- Interlude TV Show Tournai Belgium;
http://www.allphon.com/
Interviewed about my visual/sound work gave a 2-hour turntable/ laptop performance for the Tournai Music Festival

2004- Discparc Festival /Dundee Record launch, released the second 12" record, receiving airplay on Radio 1.

2004- Blind Sight RSA-Edinburgh/ Publication, Exhibition and Publication,
25 Scottish artists25 Finnish artists50 CDs. 50 sound works3 compilations CDs. 1 Book.
An exploration and study of the relationship between visual art and sound within the format of the CD .The audio pieces were installed as a jukebox presentation and cover songs, sounds, stories, recordings and karaoke Alongside creating a sound piece, each artist has submitted a CD cover for display. The exhibition was originally made for Centre space VRC, Dundee and Art space Titanic, Turku, Finland. Includes Tracy Mackenna and Edwin Janssen, Arthur Watson, Dalziel and Scullion, Luke Fowler, Duncan Marquis, Torsten Lauschman, Norman Shaw, Graham Fagen and Kevin Henderson.
Published by Salty Press, 2004.
ISBN 0 9538413 7 5

2004-2008 Up Our sleeve- International exhibition of record sleeve Art, Inshallah Gallery Los Angeles,
Produced 1 hand made 12” record sleeve
CA, Punch Gallery San Francisco, CA.  A.S.R.Convention San Diego, CA, Designers & Agents Los Angeles, CA, Rocket Gallery Tokyo, Japan, Conquest Kyoto, Japan. 
Vooruit Ghent, Belgium. Doornroosje Nimejen, Holland, Tommy'z Tokyo, Amsterdam, Holland
 One-year anniversary party, Inshallah gallery Los Angeles, CA, Vooruit Ghent, Belgium, Aurora gallery New York City, NY,
Open end Chicago, IL, future events include Winter 2006 London, England, Spring 2006 Barcelona, Spain SUMMER 2006. Curated by Brandy Flowers with artists Shepard Fairey, Mr Scruff, Jack Black (School of Rock), Shynola, and Heavyweight NY.
http://www.brandyflower.com/upoursleeve/index.html

2003-2004 Desk Top Icons- New Media Scotland- International exhibition Touring UK, Contributed 10 min film 'I Ching', Europe and North America. Format: film motion graphics and soundtrack. Artists in the show include Christopher Cunningham, Artists include Chris Cunningham, Kristin Lucas, Michael Maziere, toured, CCA Glasgow D'Offay Gallery, London; Electronic Arts termix, New York; Media Arts Academy, Cologne; Atelier Jeunes Cineastes, Brussels, Zenith Publishing, Cambridge and Partizan Midi Minuit, Paris, Future touring destinations include Bristol, Derby, Brighton, Newcastle upon Tyne, Darmstadt, Germany; Chisinau, Moldova; Delhi, India; Dublin, Ireland, Columbia.

2003 June-Aexis Masters Showcase-Composed two songs and designed the sleeve for the release and the poster for Aexis master show. Released record for University of Dundee's new audio label Discparc. The first release was warmly received, receiving Radio 1 Airplay (Gilles Peterson), 1xtra (Benji B) airplay supported internationally by djs like Andrew Jervis (Ubiquity Records USA) Interlude Radio Belgium

2002-Catalyst Arts Belfast/ Format:  Group Show
I showed film 'I Ching' other artists included Andrew Wake and Steven Dickey

2001-Earthly Paradise 2001 Exhibition at Generator Projects Dundee - format -screen-print of a fictional cult

2001 Audio Alchemy VRC Dundee Contemporary Arts- Organized Audio Alchemy with Norman Shaw at the Visual Research center/
As an exploration into sound and Alchemy with the vision of creating new sounds from existing recorded works on vinyl record