FROM THE SCRAPHEAP OF FALSE METAPHORS AND OTHER DRAFT DECEITS
19 AUG – 5 SEPT 2009
Gallery 9 presents Clare Milledge
In this somewhat absurdist and alchemical exhibition, emerging artist Clare Milledge presents a distinct bodies of work which challenge the very action of perception.
She works with connotations of disparate elements which combine, seemingly haphazardly, to create new forms. The emphasis on evolving process as a means of production rather than following a recipe towards a pre-conceived form, leads this show a refreshing rawness. The muddiness and uncertainty of the images make the audience work harder.
Milledge's drawings are unwilling performers. Designed to live under the bed, they are dishevelled and dirty, ceased and crumpled. Milledge's characters are animal-like, grotesque and often mutated, they wander difficult landscapes in search of their own humanity, caught between a base materialism and a desire to transcend.
Her titles confuse, seemingly spelling out meaning whilst presenting absurdity. the dynamism in this exhibition is spawned from the artists acceptance of impurity and 'trash' as valid forms in a world which values uberdesign. As viewers we are often expectant that the artist has something clear to say, preconceived and refined, as if thy were somehow imparting secret knowledge through a specific purified image.