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"Robert Clark: Plans For The Real World, Parts 1–12"
2000-04-29 until 2000-06-12
Henry Moore Foundation Studio
UK United Kingdom
The space, a temporary set-up. The protagonists, not all
there. The audience, unknown…
These initial studies for Plans For The Real World
were seen in Robert Clark s solo exhibition in the autumn of 1996 at the
Cornerhouse, Manchester. Now the
completed twelve-part work receives its first full showing
within the prestigious post-industrial grandeur of the
Henry Moore Foundation Studio.
Plans For The Real World, Parts 1–12 takes its evocative
base from the atmosphere of expectation and suspense of
dawn and dusk. Prominent elements of painting, drawing
and text are disorientated by combination with
photography, sculpture, found objects, assemblage,
theatrical lighting and recorded sound. The format of
each section is created to tempt the viewer into a more
intimate involvement than is usually the case with
single-perspective works. Arcades, peep shows, stage
sets, shrines and fragments of ruined showrooms are
hinted at in a sequential build-up of ephemeral monuments.
A Doppelgänger or alter ego figure is a recurring
In an atmosphere of celebratory pathos, an enigmatic and
perplexed dialogue is built up through letters, messages
and notes that this figure (Kanis) and the artist send to
On second thoughts forget it.
The world is very very tiny.
The other side of it might not be thoughNULL
With exquisite and delightful artfulness the fragmentary
visual and written narrative begins to find ways of painting
the artist utterly out of the picture.
Plans For The Real World is an anti-epic, fictional
autobiography of uncertainty.