Engaging across a variety of media including sculpture, installation and sound, Roger Clarke’s work investigates the
(im)possibilities for bodies to simultaneously experience a set of scope. Through minimal strategies, Clarke intends to produces maximal dialogical frictions between the antagonistic elements he plays with. He develops harmonies within incongruous narratives without reproducing any of the usual anticipated climax.
These polarities are tangible in the recent series of large-scale sculptures of molecular structures. Giving shape to the deadliest toxin molecule’s models, usually encountered in scientific laboratories, these humorous polyester resin objects transport us immediately in a surreal dimension where entities swap scales and exhibit new correlation between human and nonhuman.
Roger Clarke (b.1966) lives and works between London and Bath. After graduating from the Slade School of Art, he was awarded the Henry Moore Sculpture Fellowship at Winchester School of Art in 1991 and the Rome Scholarship in Sculpture in 1994. He is Senior Lecturer and MA Fine Art Course Director at Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University and his work has been exhibited in many exhibitions throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.
2015 FALL OF THE REBEL ANGELS. Venice, Italy
SILENT MOVIES. Q Park, Cavendish Square, London
2014 CHINESE OPEN 2014. Q Park Chinatown Soho, London
BIG DEAL! MARVELLOUS MIX-UPS. Loud & Western, London
WE COULD NOT AGREE. Q Park, Cavendish Square, London (co-curator and exhibitor)
2013 M_INT. Cass Gallery, Cass School of Art and Design, Whitechapel, London.
FANS OF FEMINISM. Bank Space, Cass School of Art and Design, Whitechapel, London.
BIG DEAL NO 5. Q Park, Cavendish Square, London
2007 VISUALIZING KNOWLEDGE. Science City, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2005 LES MERVEILLES DU MONDE. Musee de Beaux Arts, Dunkirk, France.
FOR AND FROM. Metropole Galleries, Folkstone.
2002 ROGER CLARKE, NEW WORK (solo exhibition). Galerie Christian Fochem, Krefeld, Germany.
2001 INTERSCULPT 2001. Righton Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester.
2000 FROM FLOOR TO WALL (solo exhibition). Galerie Christian Fochem, Krefeld, Germany.
1999 FROM KINGS CROSS TO ARCHWAY. Byam Shaw School of Art, London.
INTERSCULPT '99. Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.
1998 WHITECHAPEL OPEN. Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.
THE ECONOMIST. St. James's Street, London
ARTfutures. Royal Festival Hall, London.
1994 EAST OPEN. Norwich Gallery, Norwich. Selected by Rudi Fuchs and Jan Dibbets.
DAD. Gasworks, London.
1993 THE ECONOMIST. St. James's Street, London
(with Graca Coutinho, Rosa Lee, David Leapman,
TODD GALLERY. Westbourne Grove, London
(with David Leapman, Maria Lalic)
CROSSCURRENTS. Union Quatair Gallery, The Hague, Holland.
HOME BASE. Cubitt Gallery, London.
CROSSCURRENTS (2). CBK Gallery, Rotterdam, Holland.
COMPLETE STRANGERS. Stichting Archief, The Hague, Holland.
ORIEL MOSTYN OPEN. Llandudno, North Wales.
1992 HENRY MOORE SCULPTURE FELLOWSHIP. Winchester Gallery, Winchester.
WHITECHAPEL OPEN. Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. THE LEATHER MARKET. Bermondsey, London
(with Andrew Bick, Joseph Mark Wright, Peter Doig)
1989 WINDFALL '89. Bremen, Germany.
1988 WINDFALL '88. Hyde Park, London.