Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: America Through Cornish Eyes

Image Credit: Freedom, Mark Wallis

Artizan Gallery, 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5UW

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Sunday 01 October 2017 – Saturday 28 October 2017
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm

Having garnered acclaim in his native country as poet and performance artist "I Am Cereal Killer", New York resident Mark Wallis has never let go of his English roots. His photography shows scenes from New York and around America through the eyes of a Cornishman.

Mark’s solo show “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: America Through Cornish Eyes!” will be exhibited at Artizan Gallery in October 2017, as a part of our 2017 Solo Series.

The exhibition will run from 2nd – 21st October with a ‘Meet the Artist’ private viewing on 6th October.

About the Work

Hailing from Four Lanes, Redruth, England, Mark Wallis is showing New York (and other locales across his adopted country) through the eyes of a Cornishman. Until he arrived in New York City some two years ago, his knowledge of the metropolis came from American television programmes shown in England; mostly cop and reality shows. "When previously seeing New York on television, it was presented in a gritty way, but through my work I come from a more celebratory view."

Mark gained a good degree of fame in his native country through his work as a performance artist. Known as I Am Cereal Killer, he presented programmes dealing with AIDS, gay rights and both comic and tragic elements of life on the fringes. Beyond performing in many locales, including The National Theatre, The ICA and Pride Arts Events, Mark published two volumes of his writings: This Isn't a Gift, It’s Just the Way I'm Feeling and Collection of Dildos on My Shelf, as well as being included in a collection of poetry, Walnutcrackers.

As a performer and photography, Mark's artistic influences include "The Divine David," also known as David Hoyle, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sandra Bernhard, Sharon Needles, Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 and Nigel Barker.

Mark came to New York City for the most human of reasons: he fell in love with a man he met online. He and Bart Greenberg have been married for more than a year now. Besides personal happiness, his relocation awakened an interest in photography.

Mark has taken his experiences as a performing artist and channelled them onto paper. "Moving to New York City awoke something in me: the way that the city is alive keeps my thirst for photography alive." The architecture of the city is a big influence, as is its energy.

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