© Mark Manders, Three Touched Numbers / Yellow Bathtub. (1999 - 2000) Pencil on paper / 65 x 50 cm / The Museum of Modern Art, New York (purchased with funds provided by The Buddy Taub Foundation, Jill and Dennis A. Roach, Directors)
In the magazine Metropolis M of this month, Mark Manders talks about the focal points in his work. They are the most literally present in his drawings. For Manders they are a way of looking back in time. You can see the decisions he has taken. The lines go back to the focus. It makes you able to look inside the head of the artist.
© Mark Manders, Several Drawings on Top of Each Other (1990–2002), Bronze, pencil on paper / Ca. 40 x 480 x 60 cm / Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (purchased with funds provided by The Buddy Taub Foundation, Jill and Dennis A. Roach, Directors)
On the other hand, Mark Manders explains how his work is constructed. It is extremely stylized, and at the same time you notice a sequence of actions.
In the context of his total oeuvre he also describes how his work generates new works. "(..) the next work is actually already decided in the previous work. A language that I can call on has developed which is completely separated from events in my life." He lets his work lead himself. (1)
© Mark Manders, Drawing with Vanishing Point / Drawing with Cemetery Horse (1998) / Pencil on paper / 50 x 65 cm / Collection de Bruin-Heijn, Wassenaar
(1) Behoorlijk Compleet. Interview by Nickel van Duijvenboden, Metropolis M, Volume 33, n.6, p 60-65 (2012 December - 2013 January)