Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Joseph Clarke.
Lives in London
How do you describe your own artistic practice?
I acknowledge an alignment with construction work, often de-contextualising industrial matter, exploring our relationship with materiality, referencing architectural themes, processes and materials.
Which question or theme is central in your work?
Specifically citing interest in physically isolating, processing and re-manifesting in space the relationship we have with structures – both object and human – that we engage with or frequently encounter within the context of our inhabited urban landscapes. Alluring to historical art epochs such as Brutalism, Constructivism and Bauhaus, the work declines and filters the concerns and language referenced via a raw gaze in order to explore every day life; transposing them with a postmodern, sharp and also conflictual dimension.
What was your first experience with art?
Painting graffiti was my pathway to begin practicing as an artist within its traditional understanding. A narrative and mindset that still has implications within my work today.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
The work is contingent upon my surroundings and traveling provides a breadth of inspiration.
What do you need in order to create your work?
Space is pivotal to the realization of ideas – to experiment and document whilst providing context.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
The performative works of Sterlac; the extremity he pushes his body to. Furthermore, Gordon-Matta Clark’s building cuts.