British artist Mark Anstee's public works are large-scale temporary drawings, developed live in museums and galleries.
At the De La Warr Pavilion Anstee will be working in Gallery 2 over a 50-day period developing a site-specific drawing entitled Occupation, created directly on to a large scale, site-specific construction within the gallery. The construction, integral to the work, is a wedge-like slope taking up a third of the gallery area.
Typically, Anstee's drawings consist of individually drawn motifs taking reference from iconic poses found in heroic paintings, photo-journalism and tomb-sculpture. The accumulation of these motifs over a period of time and across a large area generates a sense of the monumental within the gallery.
Occupation draws inspiration from the De La Warr Pavilion. Anstee's working process focuses on the 'act' of drawing and the witnessing of that activity by the viewer.
This project follows other site-specific works including Encounter, a 72-day drawing at the In Flanders Fields Museum, Belgium; Early Redemption, a 25-day drawing at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton; and Indelible, a 12-day drawing at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin where Mark was in residence for four months last year.
More information about Mark Anstee is available at his website www.markanstee.com