MARK CLARE: I BELIEVE IN YOU │ Crawford Art Gallery, Cork → 1 November 2014

“Crwfd Ātgaḷri priznts a mêjr sôlo xibišn v Māc Cler. I Ḅliv In Y ofrz ny insîts intu ɖ wrc v Māc Cler, hu, in hiz rôl az a crietv public êjnt, sīcs t ingej wɖ n hîlît unrizolvd incongruitiz wɖn âr ssaytiz, plêsñ scrūṭni on ɖ comḅtv išuz v glôḅlîzešn, indivijlizm n public spês.

Ɖ xibišn têcs its tîtl fṛm wn v ʈri wrcs crietd sṗsificli fr ɖ Crwfd Ātgaḷri, n fīčrz a nmbr v ci wrcs fṛm ɖ last fîv yirz v Māc Cler’z practis. Ɖ lj-scêl insṭlešn I Ḅliv in Y, dzînd t folo ɖ gaḷri’z hî āčt sīlñ, xplorz nošnz v ssayti’z psivd diṣfẋn wɖ ṗlitcl ingejmnt, n âr complx rlešnšps wɖ public instityšnz.

Māc Cler’z nseṣti t mc, t cnstruct n t criet a dạlctc fremwrc t rflct upn strucčrz or sìnz ɖt mc s ʈñc abt hâ sošl spês z ōġnîzd, z a sstend fīčr v hiz practis. H yzz hiz môbîl, multipl fwmz v āt t asist in imajinñ hâ âr xpectešns v public spês –  ẇɖr az fizicl lcešn or az an îdīa v c̣lctv ḅloññ – mt olso b frīd fṛm preznt oʈ̇doxiz n hîrāciz, jst az ɖe olso bcm nyli infwmd bî unḍṛcnolijd histriz. H z nt so mč a dtractr v îdioḷjiz bt a comntetr on ɖr faḷbiḷty – iḷstretd in ɖ vidio Qcṇs (2014), ẇč alūdz t ɖ añzayti v pṛjctd fełr in an atmt t capčr ssayti’z frwt rlešnšp wɖ spīd ɖt z endemic.

Similrli, Monoculčr (2014), an ambišs modylr sculpčr/insṭlešn strucčrd in ɖ fwm v inṭcnctd cmršl bīhîvz, emf̣sîzz âr ic̣lojcl vulnṛbiḷti. Ɖ cuṛnt dclîn v biz wɖn ɖ invîrnmnt bcmz a simbl fr ɖ ljr picčr invîrnmnṭli, ṗlitcli n soṣ̌li. In refṛns t bʈ invîrnmntl eʈics n invîrnmntl justis, Cant wns stêtd ɖt ɖ grtr or lsr sošl inṭraẋnz amñ ɖ nêšnz v ɖ ŕʈ, ẇč hv bn constntli incrisñ evrẇr, hv nâ spred so far ɖt a vạlešn v rîts in wn pāt v ɖ ŕʈ z felt evrẇr. Ɖs z rflctd in ɖ Ciôto prôṭcol n ɖ inṭnašnl trêdñ v imišnz. Sč fwmz v c̣lctv bāgnñ bî nêšnz on ɖ fyčr r išuz ɖt r pvesv ʈrt Cler’z practis.

Māc Cler’z wrc z hbičli leyrd wɖ inṭsctñ mîcro n macro pspctvz. In ajitetñ ɖ vywr’z sošl conšns, Cler deftli dfyzz n hîtnz ɖz tnšnz wɖ hymr n spectcl, yt ɖ wrc z olso sutl n nuanst, ofrñ ɖ vywr paʈwez t rflct n ingej in scrūṭnîzñ culčṛl misnomrz.

Ɖ xibišn Māc Cler: I Ḅliv in Y z md psbl wɖ ɖ jenṛs ṣpwt v ɖ Našnl Sculpčrfactri, n Gesthâs, Cwc.”

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