STEVEN JOHN CLARK: AN EXPERIMENT IN FORM AND FUNCTION

HAND CRAFTED, AUSTRALIAN LIMESTONE SCULPTURES FUSING ART AND DESIGN

 Known for his instinctive sculptures and tactile formations, Steven John Clark in the man behind DenHolm studios, a stonemason and an artist living and working in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Originating from a small country town in the Scottish borders, Clark is disinterested in the conventional way of making, rather letting his instict guide the way. Inspiried by 19th century architecture, fashion, art, literature and the mundane, Clark's designs begin life as illustrations rendered on a page, or sometimes the walls around him. 

 

Working with his signiture South Australian Limestone, Steven John Clark’s sculpture works have evolved, alongside his paintings, from his experiments in the form and function of furniture design at DenHolm studios. Meticulously hand-crafted, each art piece encompasses the artist’s touch for individually carving abstract shapes that “hover between the alien and familiar.” Rejecting uniformity in favour of creating sculptures with unique character, the three-dimensional forms read differently from every angle.

 

Rough, pagan surfaces  defy the density of the mateirlas, instead giving the impression of a lightness,  informed by the artits's early studies in fabrications for clothing. Free from traditional forms, Steven John Clarks sculptural works of art  embrace imperfections and asymetry as contributing to their 'one of a kind' status.

 

February 28, 2022