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Mark Manders, Room with Unfired Clay Figure, 2014, painted bronze, wood, iron, plastic, painted ceramic, chair, painted epoxy, 8' 11 1/2“ × 14' 4 1/4” × 20' 4".

Mark Manders

Zeno X Gallery

Mark Manders, Room with Unfired Clay Figure, 2014, painted bronze, wood, iron, plastic, painted ceramic, chair, painted epoxy, 8' 11 1/2“ × 14' 4 1/4” × 20' 4".

It was in 1986 that Mark Manders began using the term “Self-Portrait as a Building” to describe the project he is still pursuing today: a never-ending accumulation of works—sculptures, installations, and so on—that interact with or comment on one another. In his recent show in Antwerp, Manders presented the latest chapter in this ongoing story, another wing in the edifice of this ever-growing oeuvre.

In Parallel Occurrences / Documented Assignments, the catalogue published in 2010 on the occasion of a traveling exhibition organized by the Aspen Art Museum and the Hammer Museum, Manders elucidates: “All of my works appear as if they have just been made and were left behind by the person who made them.” But the appearance can be deceiving. One of the first installations you bumped into in this recent show was the impressive Room with Unfired Clay Figure, 2014. A sculpture

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