27 x 45 cm | 10 x 16 in
Limited edition sculpture in resin on card in a total edition of 6.
Original Limited edition sculpture in Wood, Paper, Resin, Pigment, Wax 44.5 x 27 x 20cm (dimensions without larger plinth) Made to order, total edition of 12.
"There are some images, some ideas and some memories that persist. They roll down the years with you, attaching themselves to different pieces of work for different reasons at the different times. Their meaning is not at all constant and their re-occurrence is not so much an act of recovery as one of reconstruction. For me, a particular memory of piggybacking is one such. Here the piggybackers have been monumentalised, uncoupled from the particular moment they are marching on. It is neither an exploration nor a study and the only question is, whose turn is it? This is one of a new series of sculptures in which the figures I've been painting over the last couple of years have cut loose from their moorings, wrestled free from their canvas's and now stand in real space. The technique used to build these is my own confection, combining pattern making, plotting, and injection moulding. Each sculpture in an edition is handmade and finished with a variety of paints, pigments and waxes that are applied as if to a canvas."
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.