His installations redefine the role of sculture in the urban environment.

Mark Jenkins' urban art plays with the perception of reality
Washington - NOV 25, 2013

Mark Jenkins is a North American street artist internationally known for his urban installations of transparent and hyper realistic humans and animals. Jenkins dresses the figures with a street style, giving them a surprisingly realistic appearance. The figures are immersed within the urban context, sometimes in a normal way, sometimes threating the passer-by, and other times creating surreal situations and disturbing scenes.

Mark Jenkins' urban art plays with the perception of reality

©Mark Jenkins

Jenkins' practice of street art uses the "street as a stage", where the pedestrians and even the authorities are actors that complete the scene he creates. His pieces have drawn the attention of the police and even fire fighters in cities all over the world, further proving the realistic presence of his figures.

Mark Jenkins' urban art plays with the perception of reality

©Mark Jenkins

His sculptures interact with the environment, causing a disruption and a moment of uncertainty and discomfort for the viewer. The artist's true goal is to force people to lift their eyes from the screen of their smartphone for a moment to ascertain and engage with the world around them.

Mark Jenkins' urban art plays with the perception of reality

©Mark Jenkins

His creative process, as the artist explains, is to walk around the city with his friend and fellow artist Sandra Fernandez, imagining the characters engaging in abnormal behaviours. For him they are not super heroes or villains. They are absurdist beings that roam the city and come alive when the pedestrians interact with them.

Mark Jenkins' urban art plays with the perception of reality

©Mark Jenkins

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