Frederick Clarke’s current solo show, Let X Be reflects multiple influences, from deeply esoteric mathematical code to organic, everyday experience. The exhibition of new works opened on Thursday, 16 July at HAZARD gallery and is a product of an intense period of work that began in January this year.
In his artist’s statement, Frederick outlines that “Let X Be” is a common yet poignant phrase in mathematics as it begins an equation that exists for the sole purpose of being solved. In many ways, this echoes the biblical declaration “Let there be light”, like a higher power conceiving a puzzle pattern or an equation that will generate fractal branches out of itself through intrinsic ‘un-definability’.
The body of work approaches this phrase from philosophical, abstracted, personal and abstracted angles – seemingly all at once. The text reads: “Instead of “X” needing finite labeling and solving – perhaps “X” can simply be X; the insoluble and infinite question. It is only humans, the creators of mathematics and all other languages known to us, who have felt the need to define existence at all.” Indeed, there is no other living species on Earth driven by an insatiable desire to question and know the entirety of existence.
Being as diverse and hybrid in our excitements, phobias, obsessions, beliefs and behaviors as we are, it seems impossible to construct a uniform or total definition for humanity. “Yet,” Frederick explains, “there are deeper languages that permeate through our beings. These exist within the coding of DNA, our cellular heritage. We are designed to intuitively understand vibration through forms of composition and harmony, to respond to existence itself, to experience the art of being – as both creators and witnesses. As much as we are animals processing practical information to survive, there is another side to us, we are capable of transformational magic, through our uniquely human state of awareness and creative expression.”
Let X Be is a visual response to these thoughts and perceptions. In the collection Frederick combines a refined, mathematical order and a thrilling chaos. He reflects, “The challenge and excitement with each work is to harmonize chaos and order into a form that has a remainder of some kind, like a seed to keep the resonance of composition alive.”
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Let X Be is showing at HAZARD gallery until 9 August, 2015. Read a short Q&A with Frederick here.