03 February - 27 March 2010


Whatiftheworld Gallery presents Paradise Apparatus, a new solo exhibition by Julia Rosa Clark.

This show concludes a trilogy that included the acclaimed Hypocrite’s Lament (2006) & Fever Jubilee (2007/8). Continuing her exploration of our intricate and fraught relationship with Nature, Paradise Apparatus explores the sensations and mysteries of chemistry, perception and colour as they relate to the search for fulfilment with references to aspects of science, alchemy, theatre-craft and art making.

Overwhelming at times and intentionally experiential, Clark’s installations are made up of two- and three-dimensional elements that spill and spread throughout the gallery space. Made up of a universe of materials (from traditional to profane) the artworks reflect Clark’s continued process-driven experiments and her work with space, analogy, accumulation, repetition and co-operation. For this exhibition she has primarily used paper and found objects to create a curious interplay between various spaces.

Julia Rosa Clark (1975) lives and works in Cape Town. She has taught at various institutions for the past decade including recently University of Stellenbosch and Michaelis School of Fine Art (University of Cape Town). She obtained her MFA from the latter in 2004 and went on to have her first solo show, A Million Trillion Gazillion later that year at Joao Ferreira Gallery.

Works from A Million Trillion Gazillion travelled to Liste 05, Basel (2005) and MTN New Contemporaries, Johannesburg Art Gallery (2006). Her next solo show, Hypocrite’s Lament (2007) was exhibited in Cape Town (Joao Ferreira Gallery), London (Ferreira Projects) and at the Joburg Art Fair. Fever Jubilee (2007/8) was a month long intervention at Blank Projects that sought to integrate process with public participation.

Clark has been involved with a number of group shows at Whatiftheworld. Big Wednesday (2008) was co-curated with Daniel Levi. This was followed by her solo curatorial debut, Sing Into My Mouth (2009).

Her work has appeared on numerous group shows, including most recently DadaSouth at Iziko South African National Gallery (2009/10). This will be her fist solo show with Whatiftheworld.

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