Mark Sturkenboom is an artist that graduated with honors in 2012 at
Artez Academy for the Arts in Arnhem/Netherlands. Sturkenboom is an artist and designer that expresses himself with objects that are undeniably functional yet practically difficult.
This paradoxical thought process empties each object from a rational consideration. It extends each idea out to a viewer.
He acts not as a passive observer, but his active stance demands a response, a response that he is ready and willing to defend or discuss. He is a provocateur in as much as he is a doting craftsman.
His work is bold, demanding a certain status of celebrity, while receding into the poetic annals of the spectators brain.
The concept of memento is perhaps the fulcrum in which the work of Mark Sturkenboom revolves, an axis from which concepts swing out and materialize into being. Far from being morbid, carefully avoiding the nostalgic, Sturkenboom creates a world of idiosyncratic relics. Some of these objects are viscerally real (in the case of “21 Grams”) and others based on a universal mythology (in the case of “Ark”). Sturkenboom casts a broad gaze and captures a contemporary understanding of the desire to hold on to a moment.
He transforms the byproducts of a debaucherous evening into gilded gestural sublimations (“C’est la Vie”), amplifies the power of a housefly (“Watching time fly by”) and questions the boundaries between pet and pest (“Sweet Anticipation”).