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Marcus Gurke

 

b.1996 Alkmaar, The Netherlands


Lives in Antwerp, BE

Working in Tilburg and The Hague, NL

In my artistic journey, I delve into the delicate interplay of contingency and meticulously chosen materials, crafting a harmonious composition. My artistry is an extension of myself, a reflection of my choices and desires. I question the direct influences that shape my work and the elements I wish to remain untouched.

 

"I dwell in ceaseless strife, torn between hues and the purity of white upon the canvas. Color, a vibrant symphony, embodies for me, life's ardor, mirth, love's tender dance, fluidity, and tales of romance untold. While white, and the canvas's tactile grace, its textures and folds, embrace me in tranquil stasis. A moment poised in stillness, a sanctuary of peace, a meditative reverie—a junction of pause and progression."

 

Contingency takes center stage as I draw from my yearnings for aesthetics, grace, and serenity in the creative process. With each brushstroke, I experiment with paint application, dilution, the relentless passage of time, and the gentle pull of gravity, yielding a diverse array of results. Often, my work forms a profound connection with the surrounding environment, breathing life and context into each piece.

 

In my current artistic effort, the significance of the environment in which my work is conceived becomes increasingly evident. The environment's influence leaves an indelible mark on my artistic condition, casting a direct reflection upon my creations. During research and creation of the work new areas of interest arise and lead to the next body of work.

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Selected exhibitions

2023 / Group exhibition ''Ontmoeten'', Galerie De Ploegh, Amersfoort, NL

2023 / Group exhibition ''θερμοπληξία', Heraklion, Crete, GR

2022 / Group exhibition ''Stedelijke Kunstenaars VIII'', S-Hertogenbosch, NL

2022 / Group exhibition ''Zone'', ''Now Show 2022''Graduation Show, St.Joost, Breda, NL

2022 / Group exhibition ''De kogel is door de kerk'', Cultuurnacht, Lutherse Kerk, Breda, NL

2022 / Concert ''Inside of a Piano Tableaux"composed by Marin Alexander, Manhattan, New York, USA

2022 / Art market ''Create for Ukraine'', Breda, NL

2022 / Group exhibition ''Wegens omstandigheden is er momenteel nog geen titel’',  De Fabriek, Eindhoven, NL

2021 / Group exhibition ''Best Before'', Breda, NL

2020 / Group manifestation and exhibition, Breda, NL

2020 / Group manifestation and exhibition, Breda, NL

2019 / Group exhibition ''In Samenwerking Met'' Breda NL

2019 / Group manifestation and exhibition, Breda, NL

Selected press

2022 / NRC Cultuur, Dirk Limburg

2022 / Brabants Dagblad, Robèrt van Linth

2022 / Class of 2022, Avans

2022 / Lost Painters, Niek Hendrix

2022 / Kunst blijft een raadsel, Paul Voors

Residencies

2023 / Artists Residency, Heraklion, Crete, GR

2022 / Artists Residency, Eindhoven, NL

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