Down Arts Centre will play host to a new exhibition of Clinton’s work that will open on the 9th September 2016 in Downpatrick.
The artist recently focused, solely, on creating new charcoal drawings and combining colour monotypes with drawing. He completed 16 new drawings and a selection will be made by the Down Arts Centre to go on display until the 29th October 2016.
The time spent working on these drawings has allowed the artist to reach into, and take from, his recent sketchbook to make larger, detailed drawings of the original ideas; some of the works were heavily reworked over a number of weeks. Clinton’s work is often humorous albeit with an underpinning notion of the absurd and his work has a make-fun-of feeling attached to it. He chose to develop imagery that linked to the notions of both inhabiting and coexisting which resulted in the title of this drawing exhibition being called ‘Coexisting; Inhabiting.’ It is a continued exploration of the human condition.
With the titles of artworks such as ‘His smile left his face and stared back at him’, ‘Sun shining out of his arse’, ‘Passing electricity’, ‘Cold as ice’ and ‘Putting pieces of himself on the shelf’ Clinton looks to the surrounding world and continues to digest the place that we occupy as humans. Thoughts and visuals are swallowed, regurgitated and spat back out, sometimes mocking our existence or relating to the subconscious of the human. Smiles can leave faces which might immediately be seen as grotesque, pubic hair is out of control becoming wiry and obscuring most of the rest of the body, people are either enveloped in blocks of ice or flames of fire which is their natural state; characters in Clinton’s work continue to take on a central role living their own existence in their own spaces.
Worlds are expanding within the realm of Clinton’s work. The artist is intending to begin making larger artworks and paintings in the near future that will accommodate the expansive worlds that can exist. We are all, perhaps, inextricably linked to each other in the immediate and wider worlds that we occupy whether it be in a physical, emotional or metaphysical manner. Clinton is seeking to find an autonomy in his work and his characters are helping him to do this.
‘Coexisting; Inhabiting.’ opens at the Down Arts Centre, in Downpatrick, on Friday 9th September 2016 and runs until the 27th October 2016 and was supported by the LCCC and Island Arts Centre. Extended gratitude goes to them and their support for this project.
This work and exhibition would not have been possible without the support of the LCCC