American street artist Mark Jenkins is the name behind the faceless figures popping up in cities around the world. Staged in provocative poses, his startlingly lifelike mannequin art installations are often social critiques meant to challenge the viewer to question their reality and raise social awareness. 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 installation art," as well as viewers' spontaneous responses and interactions with his interventions.

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ViolinLover
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1 year 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 unique art is made for the street, but Jenkins has also worked with the same themes in nature and indoors.

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1 year 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
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1 year 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 about his cool art, "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
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1 year ago

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

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N G
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1 year ago

This is me on a bad day

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Lyop
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1 year ago

Ok, this would freak me out!!

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Gary
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1 year ago

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

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glowworm2
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1 year ago

"I am trash!"

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Night Owl
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1 year ago

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

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

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

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Kimberly Young
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1 year ago

We're having a meeting.

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Kjorn
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1 year ago

i'm trying to get the money

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N G
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1 year ago

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

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Magic567
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1 year ago (edited)

imagine that at night...

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

Newsworthy

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Sasy
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1 year ago

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

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Foxxy
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

took me a couple of seconds...

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Vic
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1 year ago

Subtle..

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Natasha Forchione
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1 year ago

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

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Foxxy
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1 year ago (edited)

Just hang in there.

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

my cat when I leave grocery bags attendant

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N G
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1 year ago

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

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

the teddy bear impostor

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C
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1 year ago

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

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MsM
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1 year ago

At least she's not pushing up daises

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Ann Williams
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1 year ago

What about that guy in the background?

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

The new trust fall exercise.

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

That's a whole different level of nosy.

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Doober
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1 year ago

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

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