DATELINE is pleased to present a one night only performance of Hard Comforts by Mark Fitzsimmons, Denver based interdisciplinary artist. This performance marks the 10-year anniversary of Fitzsimmons joining the armed forces. The performance of Hard Comforts will take place at DATELINE on a Thursday, September 28th at 7:30pm and a secondary performance at 9:30pm, with gallery doors opening at 6pm
Utilizing soft sculpture, song and pure anxiety, Mark Fitzsimmons’ moveable performance, Hard Comforts, vividly establishes the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress disorder on returning veterans. Visually reminding the viewers of what it is to be a veteran and a member of the armed forces, this work gives insight to both experiences in life after War. Fitzsimmons works with materials that would appear to be diametrically opposed to the content: soft pillow structures. These structures reflect on the initial loss of his civilian identity, then that of Soldier and attempting to ultimately shed the identity of a Sergeant and the attached experiences. With this performance, FItzsimmons questions ideas of domesticated adaptation through assumptions of masculinity and the idealized service members of the U.S Military. As a continuous idea, Hard Comforts physically grows and consumes the space around the performer.
Mark Fitzsimmons (b. 1983) is a Denver based interdisciplinary artist, working primarily with painting, sculpture and spatially engaging mediums. Fitzsimmons was Honorably Discharged from the Army and is currently working on receiving his BFA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Fine Art. His work has been included in group shows in Pirate Contemporary, Birdseed Collective and RULE Gallery.