Approved: 06.12.2011

Charli Clark

Artist

Approved: 06.12.2011

Charli Clark is a social-specific artist, working in a variety of media, to explore the notion of the social and society in contemporary times. Forming many of her sociological philosophical ideas in relation to Bruno Latour's Actor-Network-Theory and Jane Bennett's Vibrant Matter, Clark is currently researching the link between the environmentally destructive behaviours that continue to exist

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  • Location: Bristol, South West
  • Activities: Residencies, Workshops, Participatory projects
  • Categories: Environment, Intervention, Participatory, Research, Unclassified
  • Tags: Social, philosophical, food, agriculture, human history
 
 

Biography

Charli Clark is a social-specific artist, working in a variety of media, to explore the notion of the social and society in contemporary times. Forming many of her sociological philosophical ideas in relation to Bruno Latour's Actor-Network-Theory and Jane Bennett's Vibrant Matter, Clark is currently researching the link between the environmentally destructive behaviours that continue to exist in humanity and a lack of control and understanding of our food system. Over the past year she has been developing a method of practice to attempt to deal with this disconnection, to uncover, re-discover and create time and space to appreciate the other actors, bar humans that engage with us through the process of consumption.

Over the past few years Clark has created work in collaboration with a variety of people from a number of different disciplines including sound designers, textile artists, musicians, and marine and plant biologists. She is open and interested in working across research fields and believes that working with others is an essential in order to achieve a more holistic understanding of the human impact and role on Earth. 

‘I am for an art that is political...that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum...that is comic if necessary, or violent or whatever is necessary...’ – Claus Oldenburg, extract from I am for an art, 1961

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2013-2015 - Environmental Art MA Degree (1st), Aalto University, Finland

2007-2010 - Fine Art BA (Hons) Degree (2.1), University College Falmouth, Falmouth, Cornwall

2006-2007 Foundation Diploma, Post A-Level Art Foundation, Weston College, UK


Solo Exhibitions, interventions and performances

2015
Syö niin kuin mehiläinen, performance intervention with Hannah Maria Gullischen, Hakaniemenranta, Helsinki Finland (April)

2014
Puutestoida: City as Practice space, Hakaniemenranta, Helsinki, Finland

2012 
2 Degrees, Wednesday Windows, The Parlour Showrooms, Bristol, UK

2011 
In Our Nature, Muse Artist in Residence 2011, The Muse Gallery, London, UK
2010 
My blood is golden, Toast, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK 

Selected Commissions and Group Exhibitions

2015
Paper-Makers: Bringing Science to Life Through Art, Glasgow Zoological Museum, Scotland 

Making_Life: Artistic Responses to Synthetic Biology, Helsinki, Finland 

CURRENT STATE Exhibition, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland 

2014 
Take One Down, commissioned for AMORPH!14 Performance Art Festival, Helsinki, Finland 
SWARM, commissioned for BZZZ International Sound Art Festival, Harp Art Lab, Harplinge, Sweden 
The Last Lingonberry, Environmental Art Exhibition, Kivinokka, Helsinki, Finland
The Red Coat, commission for godsbridgex, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, UK 
LUX Helsinki Light Festival, Hesperian Puisto, Helsinki, Finland 

2013
Super.Scale. PLAN OPEN, ARBEIT, London, UK
Insects and Bugs Art Trail, Bedminster Council, Bristol, UK

2012
Bristol Live Open Platform (BLOP), live art showcase, Arnolifini, Bristol, UK
Beyond Zero, Flexi Space, Stockwell Studios, London, UK
In This Together, joint exhibition with Caroline Jane Harris, ARBEIT project, London, UK

2011
Muse Artists in Residence 2011, joint exhibition, Caroline Jane Harris, The Muse Gallery, London, UK

2010
Midas Award, Newlyn Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall, UK

Awards, Residences and Workshops

2015
Seven Senses of the Land, Field_Notes, Finnish Bio Art Society, Kilpisjärvi, Finland 
Paper Makers: Bringing science to life through art, one of seven selected artists to work with a scientist to engage with a scientific paper and respond.
Blue Fingers: A horticultural and handicraft skills exchange, a response to the urban development of a piece of grade 1 agricultural land, Bristol, UK 

2014
Shortlisted for the Rural Artists Residency program, Cape Farewell, UK
Urban Ecosystems and City Honey Bees Workshop with artist Annemie Maes, RIXC Innovation Lab, Riga, Latvia
Tealemetree, Climate Whirl Workshop I with artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, Juupajoki, Finland
Memory of a Place Workshop, Collaboration with St Lucas University College of Art & Design, Antwerp, Belgium and Aalto University, Suomussalmi, Finland
‘Making Life’ Workshop, Collaboration with the Finnish Society of Bio-Art and Biofilia, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
‘Next Step - The Sky, a spatial laboratory in the snow’, Bergen Fine Art Academy, Finse, Norway
Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters]: An investigation of radioactivity in the context of art, physics and activism, Helsinki, Finland

2013
The God’s Bridge Project, Artworks Teesdale, one of ten artists selected to respond to the landscape of Northern England
Exhibition Loan Award, Treasure Trail, Bedminster Council, Bristol, UK

2011
Artist in Residence for Green and Away, Worcester, UK (July-Aug)
Living and working at an environmental conference centre for six weeks
Artist in Residence for ‘The Muse Gallery, London, UK (Jan-June)
Six month studio residency working alongside The Muse Gallery

2010
Shortlisted for Midas Award, Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall, UK
Winner, Drawing Competition, 3 Artists, 3 hours, Toast, Falmouth, UK

Other Experience

2012
Attendee, The Home and The World; a creative summit, Aune Head Arts, Dartington Hall, a 3 Day conference exploring the arts and ecology, Totnes, UK.
Volunteer for Motorcade/FlashParade, artist-run project space in Bristol, providing a platform for emerging artists, Bristol, UK
The Mobile Forest, Bristol Green Week. Collaboration with Melissa Mean to create a portable forest based at Colston Hall, in the middle of the concrete city environment, Bristol, UK
Costume commission for Bristol Green Week, Bristol Green Capital, Bristol City Council, Bristol, UK

2011
Curatorial assistant for ‘The Muse Gallery, role involved hanging new exhibitions every three weeks for six months, London, UK

2010
Led ‘Make your own Masterpiece’ workshop at Co-exist Studio Open Day, working with the community to inspire creativity across all ages and abilities, Bristol, UK
Soapbox speaker at ‘The Art of Influencing Change’ – Gave 5 minute presentation concerning my practice in relation to climate change, with 5 minutes of questions and answers, Nottingham, UK
Volunteer/Attendee, ‘The Art of Influencing Change’ Engage Conference, concerned with future of art in relation to the political, economic and environment issues of the 21st century, Nottingham UK,

2009
Installation assistant for Co2morrow, Earth: Art Of A Changing World, The Royal Academy. Working with artists Alessandro Marianantoni and Marcos Lutyens to build the installation, sponsored by the National Trust, Cornwall and London, UK

Memberships

2015
Current member of The Bio-Art Society, Finland (Since March 2014)
Current member of MUU Artists Association, Finland (Since December 2014).