The UQAM Centre de Design is presenting Concrete in All its Forms, an exhibition of drawings and enigmatic constructions of artist and architect Mark West. This collection of works inspired by the surrealist world brings together pieces ranging from dreamlike drawings to design of structural, architectural and built elements. All in an installation which makes explicit a remarkable unity of the artist’s practice spanning nearly four decades. His work demonstrates the symbiosis of rational and non-rational thought using methods that explore and uncover the poetic and physical potentials hidden in everyday materials.
Concrete in All its Forms retraces the evolution of Mark West’s work from its earliest steps in surrealist paper collages, through his invention of “automatic” drawing techniques. These drawing and collage practices are fundamental to the discovery of ideas relevant to construction, architecture, and structural design.