American artist Mark Jenkins is the name behind the faceless figures of the streets popping up in cities around the world. Staged in provocative poses, his startlingly lifelike mannequin sculptures are often social critiques meant to challenge the viewer to question their reality. In what he dubs urban theater these realistic sculptures provoke an array of reactions that transform his installations into multi-layered performance art.

The Urban Theater is Jenkins’s first monograph. The book "documents a broad spectrum of his compelling, often disturbing street installations," as well as viewers’ spontaneous responses and interactions with his interventions.

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ViolinLover 5 months ago

Well, whatever. As long as he’s not interrupting my reading....

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Jenkins began his street art career in 2003 by placing a figure in a refuse dump in Rio de Janeiro to draw attention to the plight of homeless children in the streets. Since then the innovative artist has had his work exhibited in renowned venues such as Lazarides Galleries and the Kunsthalle Wien and publicly funded in cities worldwide. His art is made for the street, but Jenkins has also worked with the same themes in nature and indoors.

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Luis Milian 5 months ago

it must be monday

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The ongoing theme of the artist's work tends to veer towards dark subjects.“They often tend to be marginalized individuals, sometimes in lonely states, so it’s poetic but also dark. For example, the guy in the river is holding a bunch of colored balloons that are almost trying to magically lift him out. There’s always an undercurrent of hope," he explained in an interview.

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Keessie 5 months ago

Spider..., ehm, man?

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“I like getting people to question their surroundings, what is real and what isn’t. These days, people are so buried in their mobile phones and I just wanted to get them to look up," he said, "So at the beginning, I was collecting social data about people’s reactions. But six years later, these images are more about poetry, of capturing a magical moment.”

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Hash Milhan 5 months ago

This was a campaign for the charity CALM, about suicide prevention.

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N G 5 months ago

This is me on a bad day

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Lyop 5 months ago

Ok, this would freak me out!!

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Gary 5 months ago

I've always wondered what would happen if you sat on one of those high pressure fountains.

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glowworm2 5 months ago

"I am trash!"

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Night Owl 5 months ago

Just taking a nap. This reminds me of cats sleeping in strange places and positions

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Monika Soffronow 5 months ago

"Leave me alone, I`m just checking the other side of things."

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Kimberly Young 5 months ago

We're having a meeting.

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Kjorn 5 months ago

i'm trying to get the money

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N G 5 months ago

R2-D2.......without the make up?

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Magic567 5 months ago (edited)

imagine that at night...

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Monika Soffronow 5 months ago

Newsworthy

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Sasy 5 months ago

This one is unsafe, if i was driving and saw that...

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Foxxy 5 months ago

Should have had his hand up with a plastic ring in a box so it looked like a proposal.

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Luis Milian 5 months ago

took me a couple of seconds...

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Vic 5 months ago

Subtle..

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Natasha Forchione 5 months ago

awww...she thinks its street art. I wonder how much money it collected!

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Foxxy 5 months ago (edited)

Just hang in there.

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Luis Milian 5 months ago

my cat when I leave grocery bags attendant

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N G 5 months ago

Is he all white, he hasn't moved for hours

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Rowlie 5 months ago

the teddy bear impostor

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C 5 months ago

looks like the chick from the ring needs to crawl back into her well

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MsM 5 months ago

At least she's not pushing up daises

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Ann Williams 5 months ago

What about that guy in the background?

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Foxxy 5 months ago

The new trust fall exercise.

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tuzdayschild 5 months ago

That's a whole different level of nosy.

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Doober 5 months ago

Hehe the cop drives by like no big deal, it's just crazy 'ol ted

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