Clare Thornton ‘Materials of Resistance – Absent but Present’

Clare Thornton
‘Materials of Resistance – Absent but Present’

4th-25th May 2018

Opening event Friday 4th May 6-8pm Closing event Friday 25th May 10-12 am

Otherwise open by appointment

Clare Thornton will present a selection of new works at Modern Clay, Grand Union opening on Digbeth First Friday, May 4th. This selection is drawn from her latest body of work ‘Materials of Resistance’ which develops her longstanding interest in falling and folding.

Clare grew up in Birmingham and is now based in Plymouth. Originally coming from a performance background, in recent years Clare has been working with a range of malleable materials, including her body in this mix, to test her thinking around repetition, transformation and the trans-decorative. She presents her ideas through sculptural installation, live events and book works. A new publication to support this project is included as part of the display, containing contextual and experimental texts by writers/artists Phil Owen, Emma Cocker, Conor Wilson, Heike Roms and Natalie Raven.

This sharing of new works with Modern Clay marks the beginning of an exchange between artists and curators in Birmingham and Plymouth supported by PAC Home and Grand Union. Lucy Rollins, one of the curators of Clare’s recent exhibition at Plymouth Arts Centre where she is Assistant Curator, will do studio visits with Modern Clay artists in residence. Modern Clay’s founder Mark Essen will in return visit Plymouth to present an artist talk at PAC Home and meet with artists there. Through these kinds of exchange, our ambition is to open up dialogue between artists and curators in Birmingham and Plymouth, resulting in a strong network that creates new opportunities for artists in both cities.