MARK LYKEN

06/05/2012

We at Art-el have a really good week.

The coming together and opening night of the Pattern Interrupt show has been an absolute blast and has resulted in a what we think is an amazing show, so our thanks and congratulations to Mark Lyken for setting the standards so high with what is Art-el’s first solo show. Feed back has been great and we are over the moon, thanks to everybody who came to see the show this weekend especially the Glasgow crew and Recoat Gallery’s Ali and Amy, who it’s been really good to spend some time with.

All have departed Bristol now and we do genuinely feel a little heavy hearted.

The show is of course on until the 25th May (Thursday & Friday 11.30am to 5.30pm & Saturday 12.00pm to 4.30pm), so if you didn’t make it down this weekend then please do stop by as it really is worth taking in.

The work from the show is now also available to buy on-line here - http://www.art-el.co.uk/collections/mark-lyken

Here of a few shots of the show at it’s various stages.

There will be plenty more photos to come as Joe Clarke, a photographer who has a studio at The College Project has documentated the whole process with still photography and film, he’s off editing those as we speak and we can’t wait to see and share them, thanks again Joe.  http://www.joe-clarke.com

http://www.lykenlove.com

http://www.art-el.co.uk

04/05/2012

It’s been a surprisingly calm couple of days at Art-el Gallery this week (although in general gallery tradition there will be something that crops up at 5.50pm that sends us all into melt down with 10 minutes to go!)

The show is coming along nicely and is shaping up to be a pretty good one.

The cider arrived from Thatchers yesterday and the guys from the college will be firing up the cob oven to make pizza to sell.

What more could anybody want on a Friday evening?  So pop down down whether it’s for 5 minutes or for the duration to check out this show.  Doors open at 6pm and the evening goes on until 9.30pm.

And if you can’t make it tonight the show is on until the 25th May.

The College, Marksbury Road, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 5JJ.

Here’s a little taster (without giving too much away).

30/04/2012

As his new solo show ‘Pattern Interrupt’ opening approaches, our friends at Recoat Gallery visited Mark Lyken in his Glasgow studio to see how the preparations were going.

Here are some photos they took whilst they were there, you may spot some corners of the new works as you look through them.

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We are expecting the the new collection of work to arrive on Tuesday, closely followed by Mark himself, who will then be given complete control of the gallery, watch this space for more tit bits as things progress.
26/04/12

Lyken is a Visual Artist & Musician based in Glasgow, Scotland. He was among the first to write Graffiti in Scotland in the 80s & transition to Gallery work. His paintings toy with scale and time, worlds within worlds, chemical universes at a microscopic level. His music reflects this same detail, decayed sounds and transmissions shimmer in space, a melodic sea of scientific musical patterns that chime with that certain universal emotion.

Growing up, his family moved between Scotland & South Africa, never remaining in one place for longer than a year or two. This resulted in quick adaption to new situations, people and opportunities. He drew endlessly as a child and recorded mock radio shows on his Grandad’s reel-to-reel. At sixteen he asked for a drum machine rather than driving lessons for his birthday.

A restless curiosity means he continues to record, travel & exhibit, applying his abstract style to different surfaces & mediums. His Debut album “Bit Rot” is out now on Gamma Proforma.

He still can’t drive.

Which means he’ll be getting the train down to Bristol next week in preperation for his new solo show opening at Art-el of Friday 4th May.

Here’s a little taster of what is to come.

Gamma Proforma – GP2011 Dual Channel’s. Lyken’s ‘Bit Rot’ show at XOYO London with additional live painting footage in East London.

All visuals and music by Lyken. Copyright 2011 Gamma Proforma.

25/03/12

Straight off of the back of a very successful show at The Recoat Gallery in Glasgow, Art-el welcomes Mark Lyken to Bristol with his new show and collection of work ‘PATTERN INTERRUPT’.

It’s gonna a be a good’un so get the date in your diaries now.

http://www.lykenlove.com

http://www.art-el.co.uk/collections/mark-lyken

01/03/2012

For his first solo show Mark Lyken worked intensely to create a series of original paintings, a mural and a piece of music that explored his own and other’s feelings on our growing reliance and usage of social media websites, here are a selection of photographs from the opening night on the 10th February 2012.

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Mark Lyken will be exhibiting with Art-el later this year.

THE LONELINESS MACHINES – opening 10th February 2012 @ Recoat Gallery, Glasgow

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