Alluding to the Science Fiction novels of Philip K. Dick, where things are seldom as they seem, Joe Clark's new series of photographs of the National Glass Centre trip the switches of the mind taking us to alternate worlds of the imagination. The futuristic visions play with the building’s distinct architectural glass features to create surreal, bizarre images that entice us to dream of a fantasy place. â?¨â?¨
Clark’s photographs depict areas of the built and controlled environment that are innately familiar to us in nature but are outside the well-worn path of our everyday lives. He works exclusively at night - a device used to render spaces in, quite literally, an unfamiliar light.â?¨â?¨
Graduating in Fine Art from Northumbria University in 2004, Clark has since exhibited in group shows, Northern Graduates and Bloomberg New Contemporaries and won the support of the DLA Piper Award and Arts Council England who funded his research trip to Japan. 2005 saw him being tipped by the Independent as a ‘Shooting Star’ and presenting solo shows of his work in London and at Newcastle’s Waygood Gallery.
Mr. Spaceship is his first public commission.