North House Gallery is pleased to present this exhibition of new sculpture by Jonathan Clarke.
Jonathan Clarke (born 1961, Bury St Edmunds) was apprenticed in the studio of his father, the Royal Academician Geoffrey Clarke, from the age of 16 and started exhibiting in 1981. He works primarily in sand cast aluminium. Since his last exhibition at North House Gallery in 2012 he has fulfilled several commissions and in his personal work experimented with gilding at one end of the scale and casting in iron at the other.
The outstanding piece of gilt aluminium is called The Set. While referencing contemporary LA gang culture a set is a sub-division of a gang the piece comments more generally on the plundering of wealth through the ages. Ironically, at the same time the gold leaf enhances the perceived and actual value of the work itself.
The two other gilt pieces appear more straightforward in execution and intent Sol Tilbeder means Sun Worshipper in Norwegian but again they refer to the long history of sun worship the shapes are reminiscent of Ancient Egyptian boats, but could just as easily suggest a modern sunbather while the golden objects themselves, reverentially lit and raised on their own special supports, simultaneously represent the sun itself.
New work in aluminium includes an elegant standing abstract figure called Confidante; and iron is the chosen material for the development of work inspired by coastal fortifications.
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