Mark Porter: Autohaemmorhaging Actuators
New work by Mark Porter
June 10 – July 3, 2012
Opening reception: Sunday June 10, 5-9pm
Autohaemorrhaging Actuators is a collection of recent preliminary drawings and kinetic sculptures which mimic biological functions and human/animal behaviors such as demarcation — the process of marking of one’s personal territory and autohaemorrhaging — the action of animals deliberately ejecting blood from the body as a defensive tactic. All of the works are thematically centered on the process of ejecting internal fluids with the purpose of creation, territorial marking, masking and rejection.
Chicago-based artist Mark Porter creates mechanical, kinetic sculptures that act as prototypes through the fusion of custom-made and found objects and preliminary drawings with graphite, paint, wintergreen oil transfer and aluminum.
Front image: detail image of Autohaemorrhaging Actuator #2, 2012, aluminum, electric motor, air pump, plexi-glass, steel, glass and pigmented fluid