Second solo show of Irish artist Mark Francis (Newtownards, 1962) as part of Art Night.
This exhibit includes a selection of extremely complex works (acrylic on canvas) that explore, as the artist says, the still unknown and unnoticed structures of dark matter, questioning what they are like and wondering if that is what really connects us to the whole Universe. Mark Francis expresses his thoughts through abstraction and grids. Grids are probably the most iconic image of Modernism and, to me, they are the structure that best encompasses the notions of order and chaos.
Mark Francis studied at St. Martin\'s School of Art (1980-85) and Chelsea School of Art (1985-86). In the early 1980s, his incipient abstract, strong landscape style led to tempting, smooth, photographic surfaces featuring microscopic images. This ended up resulting in a form of scientific painting that has marked his most recent works, regardless of the format used. His work suggests a disturbing and alienating connection between abstraction and technology. His last creations are heavily influenced by his image archive, which covers various themes and scientific fields: mycology (fungi), entomology (insects), geology, astronomy and even medicine.