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Half Man, Half Man by John Clark

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Half Man, Half Man (2017)

John Clark

25 x 25 cm | 9 x 9 in

Subject: People

Limited edition sculpture in wood, card, resin and paint - total edition of 15.

"In Half Man, Half Man measurement has won out over intuition. It's a fact which the piece acknowledges without complaint. This is one of a new series of sculptures that emerge directly from the paintings I've been making over the last two years. As with the paintings the sculptures play with notions of identity, and toy with methods of description. They reflect an ongoing interest in the limits of language as a way of understanding the world and our place in it. The resulting work can be as poignant as it is funny. Each of the sculptures in the edition are hand made and individually painted."


John Clark

John Clark’s work forms unique interpretations of modern day identities. Plays of light, tone and shape give Clark’s work a contemporary feel whilst compositional values seemingly cede to the imagery of classical painting. This wide breadth of dexterity gives Clark’s work a unique impact which, in turn, extends the deliciously thought provoking effect of each effigy. There is something undoubtedly familiar about certain pieces. Clark has a captivating style, with underlying messages including the desolation and irony of the modern workplace ethos. Figurative depictions with clever illusions of space give a satisfying sense of depth.

Clark's paintings emerge and mark a pause; signals that something has been glimpsed and might be noted. That the carefully rendered models are figures, lends a complicating narrative dimension to work that might otherwise simply be about the play of light and shade across objects in space.

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