I create modern day Artworks that I intend to be beautiful and beguiling, thought provoking Treasures. I make belief of many kinds manifest in them. I draw on other art forms, Keepsakes, Mementos, Memorials, Souvenirs, Objet D'art and Medieval Reliquary to realise them. My work speaks with two voices, an adults and a child's. Because I am still both of those people as many of us are. I create these works using a process I call New Art Enshrinement and in doing so I am creating Treasure. An artwork to Treasure. My exhibitions and works for sale have titles like Treasure of the Seaside, read more
I create modern day Artworks that I intend to be beautiful and beguiling, thought provoking Treasures. I make belief of many kinds manifest in them. I draw on other art forms, Keepsakes, Mementos, Memorials, Souvenirs, Objet D'art and Medieval Reliquary to realise them. My work speaks with two voices, an adults and a child's. Because I am still both of those people as many of us are. I create these works using a process I call New Art Enshrinement and in doing so I am creating Treasure. An artwork to Treasure. My exhibitions and works for sale have titles like Treasure of the Seaside, Treasure of Cats and Dogs. Like my latest works here many of my art works are Composites or Collages that are eventually enclosed and encompassed in Vacuum Sealed pouches, frozen in time, forever and this is how they are hung on a wall. Contained in this clear plastic pouch like a Shark egg and suspended, simply, from a clip. Landscape hung as Portrait and visa versa. As many fishery items are seen to be around the Seafaring Coast. Casually yet particularly, practically and pragmatically they appear to us. Ceremonial yet unceremoniously presented. Very different probably from any other artwork you may have or be familiar with. So if you buy my work or commission me to create one for you? You will own something totally unique, unusual and rare. A real Treasure.
Information and Background on the Artist.
Marcus Clarke is primarily known as a Puppeteer for Children's Television, he is Bookaboo in the currently EMMY nominated and Multi BAFTA and other award winning Amazon Studio's and CBC Canada's Kids TV Series, Bookaboo.
He is also a Puppet Maker and his partnership company, Hands Up Puppets made the UK Channel 5's Milkshake Monkey Puppet and RTE's Ogri Puppet, which featured on Irelands National Postage Stamp. His work from Little Shop of Horrors, The Storyteller, Dappledown Farm to Milkshake Monkey has been on our screens for over 25 years.
Marcus though went to Art School as a Teenager to become an Exhibiting Fine Artist and in 2010 he decided to get himself back on this Fine Art path. Instead of abandoning all that he had learnt in Puppetry, TV and Film he decided to incorporate it into his new Art output and began combining it with conceptual ideas derived from his earlier life and art student works. Here he had interplayed objects and images. Painting on scrap Car parts for example.
With this combination of early inspiration, later learnt craft making skills, performance ability and perceptive intuition or emotional Intelligence, he created a series of building based works taken from the 2011 British Art Show 7, taking the opportunity to bundle his new artworks and himself as a re-emerging Fine Artist into an Art movement, one that he called PuppetTVGraffiti. He then dedicated it and himself to what he called the Puppetising of objects and images. Imbuing them with some of the qualities of a Puppet. Primarily irreverence and the illusion of life. This gave his new direction or transformation into an exhibiting Fine Artist form and identity. A title.
His latest PuppetTVGraffiti works also build naturally on those of his mentor and former Puppetry Teacher Jim Henson of the Muppets fame and his own early works including the NBC Pipes. Something fellow Puppeteer Frank Oz (Miss Piggy and Yoda) who Directed Marcus in Little Shop of Horrors described as "affectionate anarchy". Combining Puppetry Arts with Conceptual Art now seems perfectly natural to Marcus though he has continued to grow his practice and it has changed. He recently added Antique Jewellery and Found Objects as additional materials and began incorporating his interest in the power of Reliquary, Symbolism and Belief to explore what essentially he always has, where character or life visually begins. Characters, stylised or abstract figures, perhaps a single eye, are often placed by him in a wider image context to describe or imply a story. He utilises text and personal commentary, sometimes just a title, sometimes whole story outlines, to help make the entire resulting work become a unique journey of discovery. Thought provoking too. Lately he has been using Vacuum Sealing to Capture and preserve a moment of his work. Adding Gemstones, Baubles, Jewelry and Gold to turn them into something that looks precious, Treasured. He's called this process New Art Enshrinement, Treasuring. "these latest works owe something to the tradition of Derbyshire Well Dressing. I also try to replicate in them the aged, unkempt, slightly disheveled, quirky look of a medieval relic. Hence in the detail there's the odd stray hair or cobweb string, dry cracked card or water stain," (Marcus Clarke). His latest projects using this process include, The Treasure of the Seaside, The Treasure of the Forest and The Treasure of Christmas. "I Vacuum seal the finished works together to make them shiny, water resistant, to capture them and to seemingly freeze a moment in time," (Marcus Clarke). They can be hung using cord and pegs, a bulldog clip or blue tac. But don't hole, pin or pierce them as they are fragile in this way. "I punctured one accidentally once and it immediately lost its visual edge, it appeared deflated, sad". (If this happens to a work you have bought and you return it to Marcus he will repair it at nominal cost). Though safely pouched and vacuum sealed these artworks can also be conventionally framed by a professional Picture Framer. They look great like this too. Marcus adds, "I'm becoming increasingly interested in unusual balances in my works, Colour, Tone, Shape, these odd or curious balances seem to imitate life".
It's a constantly evolving art practice.
Marcus has had three Solo Puppetised, PuppetTVGraffiti exhibitions funded by Arts Council England in Feb 2015 at the Floor 1 Gallery and called the DogHorse Coat and works from it are on sale here. His previous exhibition was called 'Homeless in the Puppetised City' about a homeless Puppet walking the streets of Nottingham and imagining buildings as Puppets. Works from that Exhibition are also on sale here.
Marcus has a major new project, incorporating an Art Exhibition and a Tour of it for 2016/17 This latest exhibition is called RSM Sheringham and it will Tour Galleries in Nottingham, Norfolk and Canada. Hopefully Los Angeles too.
Reviews. Norfolk Keepsakes from it are also on sale here now.
Marcus Clarke FRSA - Independent Artistic Review. "Marcus works at the deconstructive interface of iconic imagery and innovative artistic practice. He playfully detourns or high jacks or subverts iconic images to give them a different meaning. His work plays with the pieces of given aesthetic images and adds and subtracts visual cues to provide a different horizon of possibilities in the image. In this way his work moves from the image to the gesture. Following Giorgio Agembem's work on the use of Cinema as creating space to take images to a gestural politics. For example, his representation of the iconic image of Nottingham Council House has been detourned to change the meaning to a playful and humorous deconstructive reading of the role and function of civic buildings generally and Nottingham's identity specifically. His contemporary development shows a significant movement from artistic animation and creation, to an aesthetic of flippant-dadaism, a powerful yet playful project of creative destruction to produce auratic art.
Marcus makes a telling and significant contribution to contemporary aesthetic production and consumption, and makes a significant impact, amongst a variety of stakeholders, with his auratic art." Dr. Adam Barnard. Nottingham Trent University.