14 December 2017 — 26 January 2018
Closed for the holidays from 24 December 2017 — 14 January 2018
Opening & artist talk with Arnold Zable: Thursday, December 14, 6:00 — 8:00 pm
Fox Galleries is proud to present FILOXENIA, a solo by Conrad Clark presenting two monumental sculptures of Artemis and her dog in larger-than-life scale, along with a series of paintings. Artemis, daughter of Zeus and sister of Apollo, was the goddess of hunting and wilderness, known for curing suffering and protecting the young.
Amongst the most prominent Ancient Greek gods, she has been a venerated subject of sculpture for millennia but perhaps never before has she been rendered in wooden layers formally evoking Russian Constructivist and Italian Futurist aesthetics. Through an almost musical sense of three dimensional composition, the sculptures are at once fluid, fragmented and impactful.
Also on view will be a series of acrylic and gouache paintings, rendered in rich blues mirroring the sea, which picture the human suffering behind the widely circulated media images that have numbed our collective understanding of the global refugee crisis. FILOXENIA, which literally translates to ‘love of the stranger’, considers the toll of the crisis while highlighting the Greek tradition of asylum and hospitality.
Clark, who spent time living in Greece, and is now based in Melbourne, the city with the largest Greek population outside of Greece, expands and transforms the symbolism of Artemis’ hunt—will she protect those that must hunt for better land? Or a better life? And will she guide those of us who have the means to offer a safe haven?
Award winning author Arnold Zable will join Clark in conversation during the opening on Thursday, December 14 from 6:00 — 8:00 pm.