Mark Holsworth – Writer and Artist
The author of Sculptures of Melbourne (Melbourne Books 2015), a history of public sculpture in Melbourne along with various articles, short stories, plays, role-playing game scenarios, and hack writing jobs.
I have lived a Gen-X version of a boys own artistic adventure: writing, traveling, playing in bands and making art. I still enjoy play a weekly role-playing game (lots of Chaosium games).
As a teenager I was wrote plays for theatre; Sister Sister was first performed at St. Martin’s Youth Theatre in Melbourne in 1983 and subsequently at the MCAE in 1985 and LaTrobe Uni in 1996.
I went to Monash University where I did an honours major in philosophy and minor in visual arts history. I was very interested in the intersection of philosophy and art and so I did MA in philosophy at LaTrobe University about Marcel Duchamp’s readymades.
The first garage band that I was in had Richard Watts, of 3RRR’s SmartArts, as lead singer. This was followed by Jabberwock, an experimental music group, Edie Sedgwick’s Overdose, a tribute band to the Velvet Underground with Ron Rude, and, finally, Dada Tribe #373 a techno band, part of Melbourne’s Clan Analogue.
I was part of the 2001 internet company Nasdaq bubble, working as an editor with LookSmart.com, an internet directory, along with ghost-sign expert, Stefan Schutt and film critic, Cerise Howard and other talented people.
Along with many group exhibitions I have had a few solo exhibitions in several Melbourne galleries, most recently at Viewing Space. I have also organised exhibitions, including Crypt Orchid, a goth art exhibition. In 2008 I was the volunteer co-ordinator for the Melbourne Stencil Festival and I was its secretary in 2009 and 2010, when it re-branded itself as Sweet Streets.
Media about Black Mark
“Melbourne Sculpture + Psyche”, Girl Gone Home
“Casting aspersions on state of the art” Steve Dow, Andrew Taylor (8/12/12)
Hear my radio interview on 3RRR Smart Arts with Richard Watts.
“Invurt Guide to Cool Oz Art Blogs”, Invurt
Interview on The Art and the Curious with Celeste Hawkins
Black Mark has been included in PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive. http://pandora.nla.gov.au/tep/98892
“Dan Wollmering at & Gallery” World Sculpture News v23 n3 Summer 2017
“Why the Brett Whiteley forgery convictions were quashed” The Daily Review 1 May 2017
“10 things learnt from 10 years of blogging” ArtsHub 20/2/2017
Sculptures of Melbourne (Melbourne Boooks, 2015)
“Paul Yore” Vault – New Art & Culture Magazine Issue 8
“Artist Acquitted of Obscenity, but Chill of Censorship Endures” Hyperallergic (3/10/14)
“Justice, with one foot forward” Justinian (18/9/2014)
“The branding of Joel Gailer: Performprint Spectacular” Imprint Magazine (Spring, 2014)
“From Great Men to Landmarks – RMIT and Melbourne’s Public Sculpture” Revelations – Sculpture from the RMIT Art Collection (catalogue, RMIT Gallery, May 2014)
“A Century of Readymades” Art Monthly Australia (Nov. 2013)
“Child p-rn – or art censorship by wannabe Tory pollies” Crikey (5/6/13)
“Melbourne’s Selfie Mecca” Hyperallergic (30/5/13)
“Will Coles – Concrete Chips” Trouble (March, 2013)
“What the Hell Are We Going to Do With All This Junk?” Hyperallergic (23/11/12)
“Beware Street Artists Bearing Thought-provoking Gifts” Hyperallergic (7/11/12)
“Small Change for Big Culture” Trouble (Dec/Jan 2011)
Thanks to James Lane for his support of this blog and to Evangeline Cachinero for creating the Black Mark banner.