21 October to 6 December 2017
For this exhibition Mark Clare has produced a body of work that draws upon stories around natural events that are invisible to the naked eye but essential for the ecological equilibrium of our environment. One such event is the aerial transport of dust along an atmospheric conveyor belt that reaches from the Sahara to South America. This dust, consisting of finely ground algae produced during the Holocene period, is carried on winds across the Atlantic as far as the Amazon basin. Its rich nutrient content replenishes those nutrients that have been leached away from the basin through tropical rains.
Clare employs a variety of mediums, including animation, audio, sculpture and watercolour to produce works that reflect upon issues such as the illegal trading of charcoal in Somalia or the carving of giant icebergs from Antartica. He has collaborated with a variety of specialists to produce a body of work that alludes to the fragile balance between industrial society and our natural environment. The work is framed in ecological terms but is rooted in complex issues relating to science, policy-making, and economics. It transcends physical space, infiltrating the ether to create an ephemeral experience of imagined space and accentuates the urgent need for action to define a future. But it cannot occur in a vacuum. Its purpose is to invite as wide an audience as possible to participate in this most crucial conversation.
Kindly supported by Cork County Council Environmental Partnership.