Julia Rosa Clark
Julia Rosa Clark (born 1975) works with elements of throwaway nostalgia to create witty, poignant collages and installations. Her works function both to incite personal longing and to deconstruct general, though often specifically South African, cultural truths as learned through the information systems of the public education system, popular media and family legend.
Trained at the Michaelis School of Fine Art as a printmaker, Clark’s media range from suitcases to paintings to skateboard ramps and pretty boys. In 2012, Clark showcased her second solo exhibition at WHATIFTHEWORLD, titled BOOTY: New Drawings by Julia Rosa Clark.
The final pieces / spaces I make usually result from a lengthy process of collecting, shredding, sorting and altering of found objects and images. This process is a kind of protective filter, a device for coping with an overload of information or emotion. The timeliness and repetition of the action allows for a rational distance to grow between myself and the subject matter.
In earlier work, this device helped me to overcome overwhelming new sensations (such as lust or loss) and make visual analogies for these experiences. More recently, the process has opened up a way of navigating the world of information, and re-examining information about the world.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
|2015||Two Works - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|2012||BOOTY: New Drawings by Julia Rosa Clark, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|2010||Paradise Apparatus, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|2007||Hypocrite's Lament, Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town|
|Fever Jubilee, Blank Projects, Cape Town|
|2006||Lalaland, Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town|
|A Million Trillion Gazillion, LISTE 06, Basel, Switzerland|
|2004||A Million Trillion Gazillion, Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town|
Selected Group Exhibitions
|2015||Foreign Bodies - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|2013||Positive Tension - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|2010||Dada South, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town|
|Artworks in Progress: Staff Group Show, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town|
|2009||Holiday, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|Sing into my mouth: Curated by Julia Rosa Clark, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|2008||Prints and Editions, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|Hypocrite's Lament & The Drain of Progress, Ferreira Projects, London|
|2007||CCC, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town|
|2006||20 Artists Print Portfolio, Bell-Roberts, Cape Town|
|The Collage Show, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|Town and Country, Rust-en-Vrede, Cape Town|
|MTN New Contemporaries Award, (Finalist) JAG, Johannesburg|
|Knights of the New Utopia, Bearspace, London|
|Artissima: Art13, Torino, Italy|
|LISTE 06, Basel, Switzerland|
|Out of Line: Drawings from the Collection of Sherry and Joel Mallin Herbert, F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University of New York|