Mark Holsworth – Writer and Artist
I am the author of Sculptures of Melbourne (Melbourne Books 2015), a history of public sculpture in Melbourne. I have also written articles, short stories, and even poems for various publications. I was an editor with LookSmart Int., an internet directory, where I covered the arts.
I have also written several plays, most notably, Sister Sister that was first performed at St. Martin’s Youth Theatre in Melbourne in 1983 and subsequently at the MCAE in 1985 and LaTrobe Uni in 1996. It has been performed often, principally because it is a play with two female and one male part.
I have also written material for role-playing games and I still enjoy playing role-playing games weekly.
I have had solo exhibitions of my paintings in several Melbourne galleries, most recently at Viewing Space, along with participating in many group exhibitions. As a visual artist I have organised exhibitions, most notably Crypt Orchid, a goth art exhibition. I was on the management committee of 69 Smith St., an artist run initiative, for two years. In 2008 I was the volunteer co-ordinator for the Melbourne Stencil Festival and I was the secretary for the Melbourne Stencil Festival 2009 and 2010, when it re-branded itself as Sweet Streets. I have work in the collections of Dr Martens (Australia), Moreland City Council and private collectors.
I have a BA (Hons) from Monash University with a major in philosophy and minor in visual arts history and MA in philosophy from LaTrobe University. My Masters thesis was about Marcel Duchamp’s readymades and the art world.
I played keyboards and with technology in various bands. The first garage band that I was in, John’s Room had Richard Watts, now the compare of 3RRR’s SmartArts, as lead singer. After that there was Jabberwock, an experimental music group, then in Edie Sedgwick’s Overdose, a tribute band to the Velvet Underground with Ron Rude, and, finally, Dada Tribe #373 a techno band that was part of Melbourne’s Clan Analogue.
This blog is now syndicated in Crikey’s The Daily Review.
Sculptures of Melbourne (Melbourne Boooks, 2015)
“Paul Yore” Vault – New Art & Culture Magazine Issue 8
“Artist Acquitted of Obscenity, but Chill of Censorship Endures” Hyperallergic (3/10/14)
“Justice, with one foot forward” Justinian (18/9/2014)
“The branding of Joel Gailer: Performprint Spectacular” Imprint Magazine (Spring, 2014)
“From Great Men to Landmarks – RMIT and Melbourne’s Public Sculpture” Revelations – Sculpture from the RMIT Art Collection (catalogue, RMIT Gallery, May 2014)
“A Century of Readymades” Art Monthly Australia (Nov. 2013)
“Child p-rn – or art censorship by wannabe Tory pollies” Crikey (5/6/13)
“Melbourne’s Selfie Mecca” Hyperallergic (30/5/13)
“Will Coles – Concrete Chips” Trouble (March 2013)
“What the Hell Are We Going to Do With All This Junk?” Hyperallergic (23/11/12)
“Beware Street Artists Bearing Thought-provoking Gifts” Hyperallergic (7/11/12)
“Small Change for Big Culture” Trouble (Dec/Jan 2011)
Thanks to James Lane for his support of this blog and to Evangeline Cachinero for creating the Black Mark banner.