Look There/Listen Here – Mark Clintberg

Listen Here / Look There, Mark Clintberg, 2008. Digital output billboard. Installation view. Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Courtesy of the artist.

Listen Here / Look There, Mark Clintberg, 2008. Digital output billboard. Installation view. Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Courtesy of the artist.

Listen Here / Look There, Mark Clintberg, 2008. Digital output billboard. Installation view. Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Courtesy of the artist.

Listen Here / Look There, Mark Clintberg, 2008. Digital output billboard. Installation view. Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Courtesy of the artist.

Look There/Listen Here (2008).
Billboards. Shown installation view, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.

My work is a balance between risk and hope.

Knowledge (the analytic) and feeling (the intuitive) are not strictly divided categories. My projects work through and wish to dissolve that stricture.

Relationships are too complex to be saved or ruined by interventions like these. But the clear divide between desire and disinterest that my work lays out underscores the sort of ambivalence that I feel, and that I believe other people feel, when mapping out relationships and expectations for what humans might accomplish together.

My work therefore accepts the troubled conditions for artists who wish to exhibit art in public spaces.

I want to examine how private needs and engagements deserve demonstration in public space, and also how public space might invade the private sphere in a meaningful way. Through this I hope to uncover these categories as fluid constructs.

Mark Clintberg is an art historian, artist, and curator based in Montréal, Québec and born in Edmonton, Alberta. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Art History at Concordia University. He earned his M.A. in art history at Concordia University (2008), and his B.F.A. from the Alberta College of Art & Design, completing a portion of his studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (2001).

His research interests include collaborative practices, public art, and the unique challenges offered to collecting institutions by ephemeral and performative practices. His writing has been published in various exhibition catalogues, Canadian Art, Maisonneuve, Pivot, The Art Newspaper, Arte al Dia International, Border Crossings, BlackFlash, and Photofile. Public and private collections across Canada and in the United States, including the National Gallery of Canada, have acquired his work. In 2010 his public artwork Meet Me In The Woods will be unveiled at The Banff Centre.