Mark Barker

17 January 1958: ‘It is a sad but true fact that ultimately my happiest moments are spent not in the presence of another but alone.’ (Keith Vaughan, Journals, 1939-1977)

Zarinbal Khoshbakht is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Germany by British artist Mark Barker.

Barker’s practice centres on how everyday experiences and anxieties play out on the body, employing a multi-faceted approach to making. Simultaneously tender and nasty, these bodies, like shy guests at a party, nervously negotiate one another at close quarters.

To be in the pits is a very unpleasant situation to find yourself in, it can be the absolute worst. The title of the show however not only speaks of this place of despair, but the underside of your shoulder joint, amongst the warmest areas of your body.

The Pits, 2019, oil and charcoal on canvas, 120 x 80 cm
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Leon, sick, 2018–19, stoneware, 38 x 21.5 x 20 cm
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as yet untitled (sling), 2019, charcoal on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm
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junger Mann II, 2019, charcoal on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm
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Couple, 2019, cigarette butts, dried flowers and thread on paper, framed, 44 x 33.5 x 3 cm
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as yet untitled (five pits), 2019, charcoal on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm
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Cedrik, 2019, charcoal on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm
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The Pits XIII, 2019, chalk on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm
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junger Mann I, 2019, chalk on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm
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Installation view
junger Mann I, 2019, chalk on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm
Installation view
The Pits XIII, 2019, chalk on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm
Cedrik, 2019, charcoal on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm
as yet untitled (five pits), 2019, charcoal on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm
Installation view
Couple, 2019, cigarette butts, dried flowers and thread on paper, framed, 44 x 33.5 x 3 cm
junger Mann II, 2019, charcoal on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm
Installation views
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body art, 2019, temporary tattoo
The Pits, 2019, oil and charcoal on canvas, 120 x 80 cm
as yet untitled (sling), 2019, charcoal on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm
Leon, sick, 2018–19, stoneware, 38 x 21.5 x 20 cm
Leon, sick, 2018–19, stoneware, 38 x 21.5 x 20 cm
Installation view
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