Marcus Dove is an emerging multidisciplinary artist whose recent practice explores creation through acts of destruction. Highly expressive and sometimes explosive Dove uses a number of processes, including the use of pyrotechnics, to create startling photographic images and performance led paintings using a handmade electrical missile launcher and smoke grenades.
''Most recently I've been into making work that communicates creation via destruction, after finding the quote by Picasso stating “Every Act Of Creation Is First An Act Of Destruction”, I became attached to the idea and ended up addressing it by creating art with homemade weapons that are associated with destruction themselves. I designed and built a handmade missile launcher and missiles to work with that breed art instead of destruction and hate. I also use smoke grenades that create colour after going through a stage of ignition.
My art is becoming very expressive of who I am as a person. People get a sense of my attitude when they see the finished pieces.
I also like to pay attention to details, even when framing my most recent missile launcher works I use the same wood that's used to build crates for delivering weapons which keeps the context 'embodied' and together.
When I'm asked to do a commission, I understand it's mostly because of the process of my work, which is a main part of the overall outcome now, and people like to buy into that, I guess they like the fact that my paintings are made in such a turbulent way that's never seen before. Some say that I'm a performance artist because it's such a big element in most of my work, even in the Urban Play project where I've ignited and photographed smoke grenades in cities from Leicester to New York., there's a process to be talked about. Going to places like Harlem at 5:00am solely just to ignite smoke grenades and capture those moments isn't for everyone. It's initially the kid inside wanting to show recalcitrance that drives me , but then deeper issues and contexts that have always been present start to emerge.
Adapting handmade weapons/tools commonly associated with riots and war, to create art instead of spread fear is a contradiction that speaks for itself . One that also explores the primal attraction behind the inventive thought processes of eradication by tool. I call myself multidisciplinary because I apply these tools in various ways.
Being commissioned to commemorate Baroness Doreen Lawrence, I still wanted to use smoke grenades. I felt like using such an explosive method to visually address the rising of a phoenix deeply related to the pieces context and also gave it a modern aesthetic.
Ultimately the one thing I always try to keep in mind though is to make sure my influence on the art world is always a positive one, that inspires my own inspiration which is the younger generations, because if what I'm doing doesn't speak to my own inner child, whether it be through elements of danger, curiosity of the mysterious, or visual aesthetic then the work's not going to sit well with me.
I've just graduated from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. ''
IN FEBRUARY 2016 DOVE WAS RECOGNIZED BY MOMA PS1 IN NEW YORK FOR HIS PHOTOGRAPHY WORK IN HARLEM WHERE HE IGNITED SMOKE GRENADES AND CAPTURED THE MOMENTS IN ORDER TO EXPAND HIS 'URBAN PLAY' PROJECT, WHERE THE PUBLIC IGNITION OF SMOKE GRENADES IS CAPTURED VIA THE LENS.
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