January - June 2009
Mark Clare is an artist whose practice endeavours to register a world that is in constant flux. Mark pays attention to the things we accept as symbols of how we live and the times that we live in. Mixing elements of historical tradition and social trends, such as the world enthusiasm for ping pong in the 1970’s, monumental public sculpture in former communist states, and the contemporary prevalence of surveillance of public space through CCTV, Clare draws on such phenomena creating works which attempt to define the diversity that forms the human condition. It is about possibilities, the importance of freedom, moments of optimism, personal liberty and the necessity and failure of idealism without being didactic in its manifestation.
Mark Clare graduated with a Batchelor of Fine Art Sculpture from St Martins College of Art and Design, London 1992 and a Master of Fine Art from the University of Ulster 2004. Previous solo exhibitions include the Lab, Dublin, The Gallery of Photography, The Royal Hibernian Academy and the Context Gallery, Derry as well as exhibitions in Finland, Japan and Germany.