Born in Virginia, U.S.A. Lives and works in Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Originally from Virginia, Jenkins discovered sculptural street art in 2003 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before returning to the U.S. to settle in Washington D.C. Since then, he has taken part in several major public art events, including Interferencia in Barcelona, Spain; BELEF in Belgrade, Serbia; Dublin Contemporary in Ireland; Living Layers in Rome, Italy; and Nuit Blanche in Paris.
Lieu historique national Cartier-Brébeuf
Chrysalis, 2022, sculpture.
The convincing verisimilitude of Mark Jenkins’s immobile sculptures momentarily fool the public into thinking they are witnessing real people in compromising situations. Inadvertent passers-by are perplexed, unaware that the figures are works of art. In these works, Jenkins blurs the line between the fake and the real, or between art and life, inviting us to reflect on the regulation of behaviours that are deemed permissible in public.
Work produced in collaboration with EXMURO arts publics.
Manif d’art would like to thank Parks Canada.