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Grays Degree Show Highlights - Mark Rennie!

The Grays Degree Show is always a special time of year, not just for the students who get to show off their work after 4 hard years slogging away but also for folks like me who take a great interest in the creative world, especially the one on our doorstep! So with this in mind I made sure to pick up as many cards as possible while looking round. There is always a few stand out artists or designers and I figured instead of just ripping a few images from their web sites it might be cool to actually speak to them and try to get some deeper insight into their work. So here's a few answers to some questions I sent to Mark Rennie.

ME: Who are you and what do you do?

HIM: Mark Rennie. I recently graduated from Grays School of Art, specialising in printmaking.

Who are some of the artists that your into that I don't know?

NAME DROPPING ALERT! Here we go some classics and some lesser known ones...just off the top of my head:

Breughel, Goya, Rembrandt, Beksinski, Kris Kuksi, Ivan Biliban, Marcin Bialas, Josh Graham, David D'Andrea, Justin Bartlett ,Stephen Kasner, Cai Guo-Qiang, Julie Anne Mann, Seldon Hunt, Florian Bertmer, Bill Viola, Berlinde De Bruyckere

Good bunch of artists there...check out Kris kuksi, Berlinde De Bruyckere and Beksinski in particular...Current favourites right now.

Who's your favourite band?

This was a question i've only been able to answer recently and I'm still a bit unsure about it
but I think Neurosis are probably my favourite band ever. I watched a couple of interviews on youtube with those guys and they are just on a completely different plain, like they have seen far beyond what the rest of us have seen. Like they know the answers to the universe...

Gonna name drop some more bands/records here that have totally blown me away this year though.

Cave In - White Silence
Ed Gein - Bad Luck
Giles Corey - S/T
A Storm Of Light - As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade
Young Widows - In And Out Of Youth And Lightness

Where do you get your ideas from (mythologies / folk lore?)?

Yeah a lot of it is folk lore, a lot of it is mythology. Much of it comes from historical accounts such as the early 20th century arctic explorers, depression era deep south, natural selection, survival of the fittest, living in a land of fiction to escape the monotony of aberdeen life, all kinds of unexplainable phenomenon in the last 100 years or so. Mostly I'm inspired by music & audio, that's where ideas formulate, then I can link them to things I've read about and develop those ideas.

What do you have planned for the next 6 months / year ahead?

Moving to Austin, TX once I've raised enough cash, doing some residencies if possible. I plan on doing some exhibitions, origanised by myself in a venue I've picked (more on that later!) making short films, installation work, more drawings, more audio work, anything and everything! I have a thousand and one ideas right now!

Got a new band project on the go too, we sound a bit like botch, unsane, breather resist etc etc I think. Loads of groove, quite heavy and horrible chords that sound ugly as hell! Playing shows soon! Watch this space! 

Well for a first interview I'm pretty chuffed with that and Mark has put me onto some amazing new artists so massive thanks to him for making such fucking awesome art and for answering those questions! You can contact Mark via his facebook page HERE! Time to go and check out some of those links!

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