If you know the gallery Krowswork, it may seem atypical to begin in the pew room, then make your way to the file room. This gallery paradigm serves Clark's work on a perceptive journey through her creative life as a practicing artist. Make your way to the projecting Compulsive Stripper, then to the petite photo album sized photographs documenting the rare Environmental Disease, which conflicted her life immensely, to the project room where you find a "relic" of stacked VHS tapes indicated to contain "women on TV." In 12 Frames of Isolation you begin to get a sense of Clark's source of inspiration.
Exit this room and you find the Look Book series,
You wonder, throughout the cuts and takes in this 25 minute piece, if she has to take a break to refocus herself to a serious roll she plays herself. Clark draws you in through text, and stares into the camera lens, appearing as if she is focusing directly on you. With the use of cheesy props, mystical symbolism, and ceremonial gestures you can't help but sense falseness and spirituality simultaneously.
As a collective whole, these works are accompanied with irony and mockery, that provide a sense of truth. As the viewer she challenges you with serious subject matter, and entangles it in glitz and glamour, allowing you to choose your perception throughout. She is a performer, director, editor, and entertainer. We try to read the visual language she provides, and with that attempt, we are confronted with her ability to disguise and deceive her own messages. Brilliant.
(photos credited to ArtSlant.com)