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sketch-book / drawing

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  • Description

    Untitled, page from a sketch-book, from the 'Wound' series; abstract landscape with cloud-like formations above, lower left a (?) nose-ring and left centre a plastic component, (?) remnant of a needle. 1990-91 Oil paint, (?) resin, (?) wax, (?) nose-ring, plastic on four sheets of paper fused together


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  • Date

    • 1990-1991
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 300 millimetres
    • Width: 210 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Steve Wheatley (? unpublished typescript);"Michael Clark's latest paintings, the 'Wounds' series, are, initially, something of a shock. He has reached the momentous decision to abandon his relentless examination of the human face and the figurative familiarity which has previously dominated his work. The processes of painting and the handling still remain typically Michael Clark. The paintings are studiously, lovingly crafted, with continual overworking and carefully built-up layers of glazes. The surface is smooth, sinuous, oily, at once seductive, fascinating and faintly repellent. His infatuation with the textures of skin continues, but, in these paintings, the skin of the paint, the surface of the canvas itself, becomes human skin and the focus of each image is a rupture, a slash, a wound in the surface. This sets up a new balance between the subject matter and its means of representation which gives the work a more contemporary resonance. The painting has the quality of a specimen. It can be read as an object as much as a representation of an object. The paintings offer two alternative readings. Each work might be the precise study of an actual, observed wound, a dispassionate observation of a mortality, a 'vanitas'. It might, equally, be a more abstract, invented image, suggesting more an emotional wound, an unhealed scar on the mind or the memory."


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    Not on display (British Roy PIX)

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    Prints & Drawings

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