Mark Dunhill

Dean of CSM School of Art

Central Saint Martins

Biography

Mark Completed a BA in Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic and graduated with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in 1977.

He has worked in collaboration with Tamiko O’Brien since 1998 (Dunhill and O’Brien) and exhibited in galleries and project spaces in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Italy, Germany and Japan. 

Dunhill and O’Brien also edit and direct a research portal that focuses on collaborative art practice through essays, links and interviews.

Research interests

Sculpture, installation, video, interplay between image and object, collaboration and authorship, status of sculpture and the logistics of its production.

Research statement

Rooted in the traditions of sculpture, Dunhill and O’Brien’s work is concerned with the tools and procedures of making in which the objects and images produced are governed by process as much, if not more so than aesthetic decision-making. Elaborate strategies and apparatus have been employed involving motorised elements, remote control, chance encounters and occasionally the participation of others.

Collaboration, its motivations, issues and dilemmas are a continuing pre-occupation that prevents a consistent or formulaic approach. Instead practice is a test site for approaches to making ‘unencumbered by individual taste’, an aspiration that can lead to work that is both irreverent and melancholic.

Previous works have focused on the problematic status of sculpture when it is ‘off duty’, packed and stored in studios and warehouses, and the convoluted logistics involved in handling, installing and storing works. The particular status of holes in sculpture and their historical and cultural significance has led them to dig and cast holes, make portraits and models of holes in clay and other media using special tailor made devices. Recent work has explored the cultural status of specific stones and rocks that led to a large scale installation and exhibition ‘Stone Appreciation’ involving a tailored toile of a 15 ton rock in the Lake district, a new video piece, and a work made from a collection of 50 postcards.

Selected research outputs