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I am exhibiting my first Italian solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Villa Croce, Genoa.
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce

28-01 – 13-03-22

Curated by Valeria Ceregini

Towards Super-Connection is a mobile and modular installation and exists in a significant relationship with the place of its manifestation. It derives from a concept of quantum theory in which the quantum state of a particle is related to that of every other particle in that particular system. Towards Super-Connection explores through the site-specific installation, and both the featured drawings on paper and the lightbox, a dystopian present where nature sublimates itself to the needs of a system of structures and constructive forms: a changing system where the model exists as a code inherent in its parts. In the end, it is clear how Mark Cullen’s research is recurrent the spatial survey, and the representation of primigenial figures that are also evident in his site-specific installations – they seem like a 3D representation of these generative natural elements which are at the base of the Universe itself.

The exhibition features a modular installation of rods and geometric intersections derived from Buckminster Fuller’s geodetic design concepts. The structure composed of bamboo strips is susceptible to a conservation process where each element is carefully hand-laminated in PVC tape, followed by aluminium tape to give an aspect both futuristic and vernacular. This process perfectly follows the protection and conservation process of satellite components coated with a gold or aluminium film to protect them from cosmic radiation. This procedure represents for the artist both a meticulous meditative process and a gesture towards the safeguarding of a natural material such as bamboo by completely subsuming its essence: exploiting its form for a new esoteric purpose – that of making art.

Text by Valeria Ceregini

Featured image: Mark Cullen, Towards Super-Connections, 2020. Modular sculptural system: bamboo, aluminium, hydro pipe, steel fixings, dimensions variable, installed at Portrane, Fingal, Co. Dublin.

The exhibition is generously supported by Culture Ireland, the Irish Embassy and The Arts Council of Ireland, and kindly hosted by the Museums of Genoa – Villa Croce and the Municipality of Genoa.


I am delighted to report that I am currently showing in

The Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow’s

ARTWORKS 2019: Dearly Beloved

04 June – 01 September

and have been selected for the upcoming Tactical Magic at TULCA in Galway by curator Kerry Guinan.

1 -17 November 2019


I am delighted to be invited by The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik to give a keynote presentation on Artist-Run Europe: Practice/Projects/Spaces and Pallas Projects/Studios at Spaces for Artists – Saturday 10 November.
Spaces by Artists brings together artist led spaces and projects in The Living Art Museum to emphasize the importance of artist collectivity in the context of the international art, and more specifically in the art scene in Iceland. As a meeting point, the aim of the day is to consider and activate questions related to contemporary artist-run initiatives by exploring, challenging and reconsidering the intersections, pressures and possibilities of these spaces now and for the future. It will be a space to network, to strengthen the foundation of artist collectivity, to imagine the future, and to come together to give voice and raise the volume for artist-run initiatives. We are interested in creating an open space and initiating a participatory platform where speakers, as well as guests, will have the opportunity to share stories, voice concerns and ask the questions that need to be asked.
Nýlistasafnið / The Living Art Museum
Marshallhúsið, Grandagarður 20
101 Reykjavík




Mestrovic Pavilion
Trg žrtava fašizma 16, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia


The accompanying catalogue features the Difference Engine ANNEX in print format.


Two paths converge.
I am currently planning the final pieces of my itinerary for a research trip to Arizona and Nevada, taking in Alcor Life Extension facility (pictured above), Biosphere 2, both in Arizona and Crescent Dunes Solar Plant in Nevada. I am looking forward to stopping off at a some off road watering holes with orientation supplied by  Gotta keep cool in the desert sun.
This trip is supported by a South Dublin County Council Bursary.


Artist-Run Europe

Artist-Run Europe: Practice/Projects/Spaces receives a Silver Bell at the 2017 ICAD Awards.


Artist-Run Europe: Practice/Projects/Spaces
The publication that I have been working with Gavin Murphy and the Pallas team over the last few years is now on sale at bookshops across the world.

Artist-Run Europe: Practice/Projects/Spaces
Edited by Gavin Murphy & Mark Cullen
Published by Onomatopee, Eindhoven
Designed by WorkGroup, Dublin
208 pages, Swiss bound, Full colour

Contributors: Jason E. Bowman, AA Bronson, Noelle Collins, Valerie Connor, Mark Cullen, Céline Kopp & Alun Williams, Joanna Laws, Freek Lomme, Megs Morley, Gavin Murphy, Gavin Wade and Katherine Waugh.

With case studies of spaces and projects: Triangle France, Transmission Gallery, Pallas Projects/Studios, Eastside Projects, Catalyst Arts, Pink Cube, Secession, Dienstgebaeude, Supermarket, FOOTFALL, and The Artist-led Archive.

Pallas Projects/Studios first opened its doors on Dublin’s Foley Street in May 1996 and to coincide with our 20th anniversary is a new publication Artist-Run Europe – a major survey and analysis of artist-run practice in cooperation with spaces from all over Ireland and Europe. The groundbreaking study is based on over 4 years of research, it features illustrated case studies looking at different organisational models of spaces, newly commissioned essays, and a detailed index of over 500 European artist-run spaces. The book is thoughtfully designed by Dublin studio WorkGroup and printed and bound to a very high standard in The Netherlands.

The book features an index of artist-run spaces throughout Europe with almost 600 spaces listed from 36 European countries.


Daily Practice: Selected Works 2007 – 2008
The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
20/10/2016 – 2/11/2016

Spanning a period of ten years, the works in Daily Practice juxtapose scientific instruments of perception, such as observatories, neutrino detectors and the CERN hadron collider with the conventions of mandalas as subjective tools for understanding the universe. (A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in eastern religions, representing the universe. In common use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically).


I am happy to report that Gibbons & Nicholas are bringing my work along with a number of
Irish based artists to Context, Art Fair, New York.

Context New York