Mark Shorter

markshorter.com.au
Cementa Artwork at Paul’s Paddock

Chop Dig Chanty

Materials | Performance

Chop Dig Chanty is a performance work that seeks to compose a chanty (work song) through the labour of chopping and digging. Over the course of three days, Catts and Shorter will fell and chop up a tree, and dig a hole respectively. As the axe chips the wood and the shovel carves the soil, rhythms between the two actions will be found and employed to divide and organise the timber and to propel the excavation downward. Performance throughout the day

1. Mark Shorter and Sach Catts, Chop Dig Chanty, 2017. photo Alex Wisser
1. Mark Shorter and Sach Catts, Chop Dig Chanty, 2017. photo Alex Wisser
Mark Shorter's bio:

Mark Shorter is a lecturer in Sculpture and Spatial Practice at the Victorian College of the Arts. He studied at the National Art School, Sydney and the Sydney College of the Arts where he completed a PhD in Visual Arts. He has exhibited internationally and throughout Australia. Significant exhitibions include: Mapping La Mancha, The Physics Room, Christchurch 2015; The Groker, Plato’s Cave, EIDEA House, New York 2015; 50 Ways to Kill Renny Kodgers, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart, 2014, presented as a part of the Dark MOFO festival; Acts of Exposure, a survey of his Schleimgurgeln performance and video work, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 2013; and Renny Kodgers LIVE with Pee Pee, presented as part of the Biennale of Sydney’s Superdeluxe@Artspace, 2010.

Shorter’s practice deploys performance as an aesthetic strategy to challenge established conventions and to open up new ground for exploration, particularly in relation to the artist’s body and its representation. Key to his work is an interest in how performance functions within the visual arts and broader contemporary culture. Shorter regularly enacts work in atypical, alternative venues to consider the function of art both inside and outside conventional modes of display.

2. Mark Shorter and Sach Catts, Chop Dig Chanti, 2017. photo Ian Hobbs
2. Mark Shorter and Sach Catts, Chop Dig Chanti, 2017. photo Ian Hobbs