Mark Shorter (lives and works in Melbourne) is a lecturer in Sculpture and Spatial Practice at the Victoria College of the Arts. He studied at the National Art School, Sydney and the Sydney College of the Arts where he completed a PhD in Visual Arts.
Shorter works across sculpture, painting and performance. His practice draws on a grotesque and unsettling humour to unpick established conventions and social mores. He has developed and performed identities such as the bawdy country music singer Renny Kodgers, the quixotic journeyman Tino La Bamba, and the time-travelling landscape painting critic Schleimgurgeln. These performance investigations express a unique contemporary grotesquerie and propose a criticality in art that is guttural, visceral and funny. Shorter regularly presents and enacts work in atypical venues to reflect a core concern of his practice, which is to consider the function of art both inside and outside conventional modes of display.
Shorter has exhibited internationally and throughout Australia. Significant exhibitions and performances include: The Groker, Plato’s Cave, EIDEA House, New York; 50 Ways to Kill Renny Kodgers, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart, 2014, presented as a part of the Dark MOFO festival; Acts of Exposure, a survey of his Schleimgurgeln performance and video series, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 2013; and Renny Kodgers LIVE with Pee Pee, presented as part of the Biennale of Sydney’s Superdeluxe@Artspace, 2010. From 2010 to 2012 he was the host of The Renny Kodgers Quiz Hour on FBi 94.5FM and in early 2014 he published Quixotic Visions: Tino La Bamba’s Great Australian Adventure.