Peter Clarke (1929 - )
Christo


mixed media
50 x 35cm

Perhaps his story began quite simply with the excitement created by receiving
beautifully, neatly packaged & wrapped Christmas gifts delivered by
Santa Claus to young children who have behaved well through out
the year. Ah, the Festive Season, the happy season, the gifts received,
at first the mystery of it all, the packaged contents unknown & untouched,
hidden & therefore out of reach within dark spaces.

His approach to art is unusual, the end result being not so much the
pictorial image but the physical object, so to speak, resulting from
what he has imaged. His artform is, in a way, the idea parceled, suggested,
but concealed. He wraps famous buildings, bridges, landscapes,
has constructed an enormous drape across a deep valley, a curtain
running rippling miles over the rolling countryside & into the sea. It
is possible that besides & beyond wrapping things & elements of landscape
on Earth he would like to accept the challenge to wrap the moon
& stars, if not also the sun & planets, as an absolutely ultimate composition
involving the enclosing of space.


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