Submission
Mark Dudiak

SOFT SKILLS

TAP Art Space is proud to present SOFT SKILLS, a solo exhibition by artist Mark Dudiak. This is Dudiak’s fist solo exhibition at TAP Art Space.


Installation view from outdoors
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Installation view from outdoors 2
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Mark Dudiak; "Colour Rhodo #1”; 2021; Acrylic paint, pigment, casein, on raw canvas; 26.5” x 18”
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Mark Dudiak; “Colour Rhodo #2”; 2021; Acrylic paint, pigment, casein, on raw canvas; 33.25" X 53.75”
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Mark Dudiak; “Hourglass”; 2021; Silkscreen print; acrylic pigment ink on arches 88 archival cotton paper. Edition of 7 with 2 artist proofs, produced by Smokestack printers, Hamilton ON; 14.5” x 20.25”
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Mark Dudiak; "Regenerative Vessel”; 2021; Found mural fragments (spray paint on concrete), sanded grout, basketball, yarrow plant and cotton cord; 24” x 10” x 10” (planter); 96” x 10” x 10” (total sculpture)
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Mark Dudiak; “Forget Me Nots”; 2021; Acrylic paint, pigment, graphite, casein, and India ink on raw canvas; 29.5" X 46”
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Mark Dudiak; “Rhodos and Peonies”; 2021; Acrylic paint, pigment, chalk, casein, and India ink on raw canvas; 29.5" X 46”
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Installation View 3
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Installation view 4
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Installation view 5
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Installation view 6
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Installation view 7
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Installation view 8
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Installation view 9

When I think of rhododendrons, I think about transition and the melancholy that follows the exhilaration of change. Their flowers have a delicate pink and blue-violet tone that is so ethereal that it verges on the ghostly – soft apparitions that hover silently over soft, misty fields in my imagination. When I first moved to Vancouver from the prairies, there was a small pink rhodo growing in the muddy front lawn in front of the big house where I’d found a room to live. I’d watch the rain collect on its petals from my window as I tried not to feel homesick while speaking on the phone with my friends and family back home. It was beautiful and lonely.

Years later I discovered that Rhodos are a common sight in cemeteries where they generally seem to stand solo over a granite headstone. Over the course of a multi-year research project, I documented graveyards all over the world and I probably photographed at least one rhodo in everyone. This winter, at the height of the third wave I found myself looking through the images of these flowers as I dreamed of a time when I could fully experience the world again. The works in this exhibition speak to the sense of transition, dissolution, and emergence that I have felt since the pandemic began.

Mark Dudiak