Mark Holsworth – Writer and Artist
The author of Sculptures of Melbourne (Melbourne Books 2015), a history of public sculpture in Melbourne along with various articles, short stories, plays, role-playing game scenarios, and hack writing jobs.
I have lived a Gen-X version of a boys own artistic adventure: writing, traveling, playing in bands and making art. I still enjoy playing role-playing games weekly.
As a teenager I was wrote plays for theatre; Sister Sister 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.
I went to Monash University where I did an honours major in philosophy and minor in visual arts history. I was very interested in the intersection of philosophy and art and so I did MA in philosophy at LaTrobe University about Marcel Duchamp’s readymades.
The first garage band that I was in had Richard Watts, of 3RRR’s SmartArts, as lead singer. This was followed by Jabberwock, an experimental music group, Edie Sedgwick’s Overdose, a tribute band to the Velvet Underground with Ron Rude, and, finally, Dada Tribe #373 a techno band, part of Melbourne’s Clan Analogue.
I was part of the 2001 internet company Nasdaq bubble, working as an editor with LookSmart.com, an internet directory, along with ghost-sign expert, Stefan Schutt and film critic, Cerise Howard and other talented people.
Along with many group exhibitions I have had a few solo exhibitions in several Melbourne galleries, most recently at Viewing Space. I have also organised exhibitions, including Crypt Orchid, a goth art exhibition. I suffered pointlessly 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 its secretary in 2009 and 2010, when it re-branded itself as Sweet Streets.
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.