Crystal archive print
98 x 80cm
Edition of 6 +2AP
Crystal Archive Print
90 x 85cm
Edition 6 + 2AP
Gordon Clark (b.1955 Johannesburg) photographs those rare individuals within society who challenge our inherent beliefs and jar our aesthetic aspirations. He weaves complex narratives by inserting subjects into deliberately choreographed natural environments, which compel viewers to interpret the powerful dilemmas at play within each subject’s life.
Clark has previously focused his practice on the life details of Turner Adams, an alter-boy turned convict whose twenty-four years of hard prison life has hardened his glare and ‘marked’ every square centimeter of his skin with tattoos. Clark’s new body of work, ‘Groot Geraak (Becoming Big)’ documents blue-eyed Quentino parallel to the life of ex-gang leader Ernie Lastig Solomon. Clark takes the viewer on a journey of exploration – exploring the idea of going back and how we grow roots in terms of emulating the behavious of others that surround us in order to survive. The subject as metaphor trangresses our boundaries and comfort zone by suggesting the stereotypical direction of their future. Both Turner and Quentino offer an ideal canvas for Clark to explore the path of an individual’s unfortunate circumstances as a reflection of a society in turmoil.
Clark has had numerous solo shows including, ‘Gordon Clark- Selection’, ARTCO Gallery, Germany (2012), ‘Who Am I? – Transgressions – Gordon Clark and Leon Botha’ which was shown in Amsterdam, Germany and South Africa (2010-2011), ‘What is Familiar?’ Odes Gallery, Cape Town (2009), and ‘Transitions’, Museum of Tolerance,USA (2002). Most recently he exhibited ‘Turner Adams: The Outcome’ at Commune.1.
Currently Clark lives and works as a photographer, and film and documentary maker in Cape Town.