Matthew Allan Clarke

Medium: Concrete

Karl Marx compared work to slavery, and it really feels like it some times. Like most individuals with an arts degree, I have to work for a living. And that work is concrete construction.

I don’t like it. It’s borish, brutal and boring, but it pays the bills.

So in my off-time, as a way to cope, I take my medium of oppression (concrete) and make totems of elegance and elitism. I take inspiration from Louise Nevelson, Peter Hide and Wassily Kandinsky to make abstract totems that draw in the viewer and inspire awe. I create forms that have elements that are both drawn, sensual  and three dimensional.

Teller was right when he said: “art is whatever you’re doing when your chores are done.”

Matthew Allen Clarke was trained by Peter Hide and Royden Mills at the University of Alberta, where he graduated from the sculpture program. His sculptures are inspired by Anthony Caro, Pablo Picasso, and Peter Hide.

He has displayed in the University of Alberta Gallery at Halcyon Days in 2014, The Muttart Conservatory in 2015, The Whyte Ave Art Walk from 2013-2015, the Gay Pride Gallery in 2014 and 2015, and the Art Gallery of St. Albert in 2018.

“The essential meaning in my art is the acknowledgment of a banal existence, and the deliberate, concentrated effort to cure that banality with forms that are arranged to be interesting. In this instance, taking a common element – concrete – and making high-impact abstract forms”.

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