Exhibition: S. Mark Gubb – Bomb Works

‘Bomb Works’ by S. Mark Gubb is the latest show in the CSAD Exhibitions Series.

Exhibition Dates: 6 March – 24 March 2017
Artist’s Reception with Q&A: Thursday 9 March 2017, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Venue: Cardiff School of Art & Design, B Block, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue Cardiff CF5 2YB

The CSAD Exhibition Series presents a survey of contemporary sculpture by Wales based artists through a series of specially installed art works. The series will examine current discourse around free-standing sculpture through the work of these artists who are engaged in pushing the boundaries of the medium.

Previous exhibitions in the series have featured Angharad Pearce Jones & Carwyn Evans.


The use of the three desks for these works, suggests a journey through time and a gradual up scaling, both in our physical relation to the desks and their position of power and importance. The smallest is a 1950s coffee table (of ‘Atomic’ design); a table found in a domestic setting, for leisure. The second is a school desk; alluding to a move out of the domestic environment, in to the world, the academic development of the individual. It also makes reference to the Public Information Films of the 40s/50s, whereby preparing for a nuclear attack involved ducking under your school-desk. The final desk is obviously an official, office-desk, from which important and far-reaching ‘adult’ decisions and ideas are made.

S Mark Gubb (b.1974) lives and works in Cardiff. Born and raised near Margate, Kent, he works across a range of media incorporating sculpture, video, sound, installation and performance. The subjects for his work are drawn from the social and political culture he grew up in; an equal fascination with things he finds so great and so terrible about the world we live in. This often takes the form of a re-evaluation and re-interpretation of contemporary culture and history, provoking us to consider our contribution to the world we live in.

His work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including Turner Contemporary (Margate), Dublin Contemporary, Aspex Gallery (Portsmouth), Postmasters Gallery (NYC), Matthew Bown Gallery (Berlin), Mostyn (Llandudno), Castlefield Gallery (Manchester), ICA (London) and PS1 MoMA (NYC).