Satirical and psychedelic works of Australian artist Mark Whalen
Mark Whalen is an Australian born, Los Angeles based artist whose work focuses on evolution and the human condition.
Conjuring up psychedelic worlds, his work predominately focuses on satirical social narratives in seemingly universal situations. Figures laze around chained to giant pears and sit silently in rows covering their face with masks whilst staring forward expressionlessly. Houses here are little more than boxes, beyond which there is nothing but space and endless abyss. It is oddly intriguing.
There is a consistency in colour running throughout Mark’s portfolio of work. Deep blues, bright reds and pastel pinks are juxtaposed with an array off acid bright tones to keep with the slightly psychedelic vibe. Add in the abstract angles and intense geometric patterns and you have an illustration with an endless amount of oddness to explore.
The most recent series of sculptural works continues his study into the complexities of displacement and positioning that we, as both individuals and a species, experience through our lives.