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Institute / 15-31 May 2009

Institute - Mark Harris and Duncan Mountford

Institute will present new work by Mark J Harris and Duncan Mountford. For a number of years Harris and Mountford have been working separately around ideas of the institute/institution with points of praxis that move around and between utopian and dystopian ideologies that surround the museum, the gallery, the house, and the perceptions and institutions of knowledge.

This exhibition at Plan 9 will be Harris’s third investigation into what he calls ‘possible anti space.’ He will concentrate less on the gallery as a mass of space, but will instead fragment his ideas and findings into a series of constructions, placements and spatial interventions. Mountford will present a series of ‘optical machines’ that house small screens on which video shall be displayed. Their situation within the gallery space will follow the dictates of the devices as machines that have a function, although this function will not be stated.

Mark J Harris is a Bristol based artist who exhibits both nationally and internationally, who recently completed a residency/exhibition at Platform, Vaasa, Finland in March 2009. Other exhibitions include Oliver Holt Gallery, Dorset, UK; Elastic Residence, London, UK; Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Ireland; Dartington Gallery, Devon, UK; The Star and Dove Contemporary Artspace, Bristol, UK, EXPO, Nottingham.
Harris creates spaces, installations, constructions, interventions and drawings. Themes and ideas that run consistently throughout Harris’s work include space, environment and experience, and through a process of construction, displacement and re-contextualisation, Harris attempts to unearth an understanding around the meaning of common social trends, actions and decisions. More recently Harris has started to merge his core ideologies around space with classical utopian theories.

Duncan Mountford is an artist based in London. Recent solo projects include installations in Dartington Gallery, UK; Ginza Art Laboratory and Koiwa Project Space, Tokyo Japan; Derby Museum and Art Gallery, UK; and Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum, UK. He has also participated in group exhibitions in London and Australia and a residency/exhibition in Macau, China.