Marcus Encel (b. 1963) is a Melbourne based artist working primarily in the areas of video, sculpture and installation. ENCEL's creative approach and process draw on his experiences working with Australian sculptor and jeweler Matchem Skipper 1978-1980 and his time living in Japan studying aikido at the aiki shrine (jinja) as a live in student (uchi-deshi) of Morihiro Saito Sensei. Both of these early experiences; the master/novice dichotomy, share the guiding principles of ENCEL's creative methodology, a daily practice that refines core technical skills. It is similar to ideas drawn from the artisan and martial arts approach, questioning and developing understanding through a disciplined daily approach that frees the artist from the constraints of technique.
Encel is a noted Aikido practitioner and teacher of aikido. He draws from his 38 years of training to inform his art practice and is currently investigating where Aikido can reside in the canon of western art, what are the relationships between movement body narratives, internal/external shared language (mastering) skill, and performance art? This research has manifested recently in the development of a series of video installations based upon the soliloquy. The process of Encel’s soliloquy draws out internal workings of the artist and his subjects, much like the therapist and the analysand, and is similar to the bonds between master/ novice teacher/student, creating powerful narratives that bring the personal surfaces and private interiors into a world of public becoming.
Encel was awarded a master of contemporary art from the Victorian college of the arts in 2013. He has exhibited in Melbourne, Japan and New Zealand. He works from Blender studios and his dojo in Collingwood. He is currently influenced by the work of Kusama Yayoi who works within the realm of psychological abstraction. Encel is in the process of developing an expanded documentary form and is inspired by films such as The Act of Killing (2012), La Jetée (1962) by Chris Marker and Fuses (1967) by Carolee Schneemann which incorporate similar process’s to the soliloquy.
Investigating these concepts through drawing, painting and installation, both in the studio and in site-specific work, using traditional media and found materials to reflect the differing elements of the subject; some applications are precise whilst others are accidental and chaotic, creating a complexity of line and concept to reflect the urban experience.
Masters of Contemporary Art at VCA
Masters of Teaching Visual art Melbourne University
Diploma of Teaching Secondary Visual art Melbourne University
BA Fine Art Photography VCA
Selected Solo Exhibitions & Awards
Soliloquy, Dark Horse Experiment, Melbourne
ReFormat ReTell, (Rumpus Room)
Soliloquy (George Paton Gallery)
Art Attack 1 (Proposing a new religion)
Art Attack 2 (If you don't like it, don't do it!)
Aikido Tabi-Ji (my Aikido journey)
Sea of Chaos (Synergy Gallery)
Il Santera y el Profesor (Synergy Gallery)
The Blender Biennale, 'I am speaking to you on behalf of the universe', Melbourne
Blue House, Sydney
Soliloquy @ “The World Constitutes" George Paton Gallery
The Windsor Prize
That Which Lies Beneath the Surface (Substation Gallery)
Spectrum- (Northcote Uniting Church)
Planet Love Sound CD Launch. (Installation of La Santera and Ebo) • 2012-Portrait (Synergy gallery)
Fertility (Synergy Gallery)
25% (Margaret Lawrence Gallery)
Small Works Prize BSG
Small Works Prize BSG
Picture this Photography Prize BSG
Synergy Salon and Art Auction
Joined Blender Studios
Red Box Studio
Selected Group Exhibitions & Awards