Interview : Mark Vanmoerkerke


Mark Vanmoerkerke during the interview with Selina Ting for InitiArt Magazine in his office / art space in Ostend. Photographed by Ding Yang for InitiArt Magazine, 2011.

Mark Vanmoerkerke with Selina Ting during the interview for InitiArt Magazine in his office / art space in Ostend. Photo by Ding Yang for InitiArt Magazine. ©InitiArt Magazine, 2011.

 

Meeting Mark Vanmoerkerke
[ 26 Feb 2011 | Ostend ]

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When our train arrived Ostend, Mark was there waiting for us with his basketball cap. It was a Saturday, and a rainy one. Besides, no surprise to learn that he used to be a great basketball player when you measure your own height next to him. We jumped into his beautiful car and off to see the English Channel.

“When you open a private art space, you learn to do everything yourself”, says Mark while operating the whole structure in the space – alarm system, lighting system, power system (for kinetic works), reserve system, and finally, the cafetière system. “I am better at buying art than making coffee though,” he laughs at the two cups of black coffee in front of us which are obviously too “long”. Comparing himself to a museum guard with the exception that he allows you to touch the work, Mark makes it clear that there is no hierarchy in the private art space. “If you ring the bell, I open the door for you”.

Mark does not only open the doors for us but also the reserve – two big halls of crates piled up according to the region where they belong, and an entire floor of compact track shelves with paintings and photographs hanging onto them.  Contemplating the nightmare of every collector, I ask, “Mark, how do you feel now looking at this?”
“Sometimes I feel satisfied.”
“And the other time?”
“The other time I am worried… Sometimes scared, too”.

 

When an artist /photographer visits the art space, they are invited to shoot the front of the building. This is an image by Philippe de Gobert. On the far right, a Pavilion installation by Dan Graham.

The reserve -- two big halls of crates piled up according to the region where they below, and an entire floor of compact track shelves with paintings and photographs hanging onto them.

 

Thanks Mark for the generous sharing and let us be the first guests to visit the new show, Noli Me Tangere (Don’t Touch Me)-- Curated by Jan Hoet, opening this Sat (12 March).

 

Selina Ting
Editor
08 March 2011, Paris