|Fairy Stories for Lost
Child Hoods Art Exhibition by Artist Marcus Clarke
hung at Mansfield Library Gallery Spring 2022
About the Artist.
Marcus Clarke is an Artist Exploring Multiple Identities by combining Fine Art and Puppetry. He says: When I was 14 yrs of age my Dad worked the night shift at the local Raleigh bicycle factory and my mother was a cleaner in a Care Home. I use irony, paint and drawing, found objects, antiquities, jewelry and junk. Sealing, glues and resins. Memory. Puppet Making Materials as well as Puppetry Performance Objectives skills and talents from my world of work as a Professional Puppet Maker and Puppeteer. I try to see things from a new perspective and explore what is revealed.
The exhibition's viewpoint is from that of
experiencing Fairy Stories only as an adult. Something
many of us have done that have not had conventional
childhoods, had particularly poor ones or simply because
the Fairy Story telling childhood convention was not in
our own childhood culture. Marcus’s own childhood didn't
include them and so his first experience of Children’s
Fairy Stories was while producing children’s television.
He’s now shared this experience and developed ideas
about presenting Fairy Stories from this unconventional,
new perspective with among others, Inmates in the Prison
Network. He's created twelve artworks for this series
which heralds a new direction for the artist away from
Capture and Vacuum Sealing. Moving towards a more
Painterly and Abstract style without losing the
Assemblage, Collage and Reliquary influences that have
become a bedrock of his arts practice. Each Artwork is
realised differently using different combinations of
materials and technologies. Print, sculpting, textile
for example. Each work is accompanied by a 'Making
of Video' and each with an individual Soundtrack which
has been specially created for it. These digital
soundtracks are part of the Art Exhibition and reflects
Marcus's musical appreciation journey with Mansfield
College of Art sitting in the middle. So the first three
creation videos mix his very earliest Musical influences
while still at School, Osibisa an Afro Rock Band that
began the idea of World Music to his Leaving Mansfield
College of Art for a career in Show Business, the world
of work, initially as a sound man. Then becoming
obsessed with the Music and Film work of Grace Jones and
Jean Paul Goude. And so the last four artworks’ making
of creation videos are accompanied by a mix sound track
of Fairy Stories and Grace Jones Music.
|Main Image - Click to see The Making of Video
||Other images including
||Other images including Tattoo
Gallery Exhibition Tour and Talk
by the artist is also available online at youtube.
Just click the picture left.
|The Fisherman's Wife|
|Three Little Pigs|
|The Three Bears|
|Jack and the Beanstalk|
|The Pied Piper|
Band Osibisa and Grace Jones Island Life Albums Vinyl/CD
separate my time before and after as a student at
Mansfield College of Art 1977 and mark my own transition
among other things from Analogue to Digital. My two above
artworks, Big Bad Wolf and Little Dam Boy are experimental
works that lead up to this project and Exhibition. The
Picture in the middle is of two Prison Inmates using
Puppets I have made in a Play they have written. Courtesy
Some of the above artworks required more Sketches and other preparation. Here are some of my preliminary Artworks.
Variety of Sketches for Aladdin to practice Painting and firm up the Composition. Jack and the Beanstalk Cow was another.
Fairy Stories for Lost Child Hoods Art Exhibition in Arts Practice development context.
This is Nottingham Artist Marcus Clarke's most recent major art project and exhibition in Nottinghamshire. Drawing primarily on his own experience of learning traditional children's fairy stories only as an adult. They were just not part of Marcus's upbringing and childhood culture. This exhibition explored how they can be seen afresh, interpreted differently when viewed from a wholly adult perspective. How Fairy Stories can reach out to be appreciated by a new audience through innovative presentation. Informed by discussion with others who have also come to traditional children's fairy stories for the first time as adults. Including some from within the Prison Network.
Marcus's Arts Practice, self styled Puppetisation and PuppetTVGraffiti has evolved from his world of work as a Professional Puppeteer. As both a Performer and as a Craft Puppet Maker. Drawing too on his own childhood, Nottingham culture, fine art studies and many Historical interests and combining them all.
The exhibition is accompanied by another exploration played out through its Fairy Stories for Lost Child Hoods Artwork Creation Video's. One linked to each artwork and available online to the Public through youtube. Via gallery resources and personal hand held devices. These video's with additional text descriptions explain each Artworks' making and together form a Gallery Exhibition Guide.
The Woyaya to Grace Jones accompanying Creation Video Soundtracks enhance the experience of these video's as they progressively explore the Artists own development time in and around his studying Art as a Mansfield College of Art Vocational Graphic Design and A Level GCSE Art Student. How that affected his appreciation of other Artists, Roger Dean at the time and later Jean-Paul Goude and Musically, Osibisa and then Grace Jones in what becomes a transition for him from Graphic Design to Performance, Lighting and Set Design in Theatre to Film and Television Puppetry and then back again to Fine Art. A synchronous evolution for the world too from Analogue to Digital and back again. This exhibition is accompanied by Creative Schools Workshops developed as Puppetry, Collage, Animation activities along these lines School Workshops for advance booking information please Contact
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