As a graduate in biological sciences prior to his master degree in art & research, Mark Swysen reflects on human conduct. Yet the human figure itself mostly remains absent in his work: the artist primarily wishes to incite the visitor’s imagination.
Mark swysen embraces Joseph Kosuth’s basic proposition of conceptual art: “the idea is the most important aspect of the work”. Next Mark follows Arthur Danto’s credo of “art being an embodied meaning”. The artist is constantly in search of the most eloquent visual stimuli in order to mould content into an intriguing shape. He enjoys the freedom of using any material, object or phenomenon as an instrument in his visual language. Swysen snatches everyday objects out of their usual context and the result of his deconstruction and re-assembling charges them with new layers of meaning. His artefacts question the one-dimensionality of our perception and open new possibilities for interpretation.
Danto added a third aspect to his definition: a work of art is an awaken dream that can be shared with others. To Mark Swysen this is a major ingredient: it adds the indefinable sauce of poetry, mysticism, fantasy, disequilibrium and unpredictability that lifts a work of art. Because of its conscious and even more because of its subcutaneous impact on the human brain light and motion belong to Mark’s preferred mediums.