Friday, February 21, 2014

Joe Clark "Every song the same" Workplace London

Image: Joe Clark Seagrass #3, 2013, Giclée print mounted on aluminium, 42.5 x 34cm, ed 1 a/p, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK


Joe Clark

Every song the same


22 Feb - 22 March 2014

Workplace London

61 Conduit Street



by appointment only



Workplace Gallery is pleased to announce Every song the same a solo exhibition of new works by Joe Clark.


During a residency on the Croatian island of Vis in 2013 Clark conceived and executed a new series of photographs depicting blades of Seagrass in gestural configurations against the gradient of the setting sun. 


"In the Seagrass series the photographic contents can be understood through the idea of vision - and its supposed analogue in photography - mediating between bodily experience and interior life. The layer of curved organic fragments at first glance appears to be arranged by chance, but keeping in mind the idea of the camera as a symbol-making machine, the curves seem to stand in relationship to one another as hieroglyphs or letters of an unknown language. The shapes also have a visual relationship to formations which are found in the human eye: small floating fragments which ordinarily go unnoticed, but become apparent against a uniform backdrop (such as a blue sky), and perhaps come into optical focus only during a moment of mental abstraction. There is then, in the images, a sense of introspection: the seagrass can be seen as a stand-in for a layer of language or of interior imagery which comes into mental focus through transcendent thought."


Extract from 'An impossible analogue - on the photography of Joe Clark - by Thomas Cuckle'. To read the full text click here


Joe Clark was born in 1982 in RAF Wegberg, BAOR. Recent exhibitions include: Double Blind, 4 Windmill Street, London, Now Showing, Carroll / Fletcher, London,Be Like Water, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead,Screentest (for a hero shot), Workplace Gallery,Gateshead, Higher Atlas, Marrakech Biennale; New Contemporaries 2010 - ICA London and A-Foundation, Liverpool; Oriel Mostyn, Wales.

In 2012 Clark was artist in residence at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, Sao Paulo, Brazil, he studied in Northumbria University, Newcastle and The Slade School of Art and currently lives and works in London, UK.


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