Mark Shorter lives and works in Sydney, Australia. He studied at the National Art School, Sydney and the Sydney College of the arts where he completed a PhD in visual arts specializing in painting and performance art. Mark has exhibited extensively throughout Australia. Notable examples include 50 Ways to Kill Renny Kodgers at Contemporary Art Tasmania and Dark MOFO; a survey of his Schleimgurgeln performance and video work at the Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery and Renny Kodgers LIVE with Pee Pee as part of Superdeluxe@Artspace and the Biennale of Sydney. From 2010–12 he was the host of The Renny Kodgers Quiz Hour on FBi 94.5FM and in 2014 he published Quixotic Visions: Tino La Bamba’s Great Australian Adventure.
Shorter works across painting, sculpture and performance. His practice considers the spectre of the grotesque in the contemporary and satirises established conventions and 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 three performance investigations express a unique, contemporary grotesquerie and propose a criticality in art that is not beholden to the cerebral. Shorter regularly presents work in nontraditional 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.