Mark Bovey

My practice involves actively seeking resonant images in the ocean of printed documents shared between cultures over the past 600+ years. The image fragments are simultaneously technology, evidence of discovery and time markers. The process of collection is active in that I search archives, antiquarian books stores and library collections to locate the images. Some of the images are reinserted back into a printing matrix (digital or analog). The reintroduction into a new context activates agency, they become part a field of possibilities for the viewer to traverse. I see these compositions as fields of visual anthropological inquiry where new themes or potential meanings can be found in a recombine.

The challenge is to invite speculation through formal or aesthetic play. I will also weave personal fragments with universal referents often from readymade sources combined with drawing or video projection. I hope that the images together embody a complex array of possibilities where the viewer is enticed to locate meaning beginning with familiar passages. In the new arrangements a representation of the complex nature of the contemporary condition is intended to be felt. Time is spanned, triangulated or collapsed, the images mingle and converse.