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ANIMAL MAGIC

Following on from his hit show ‘The A-Z of Dogs’, Robert Clarke’s latest creation - ANIMAL MAGIC -
is inspired by the classic BBC TV show with Johnny Morris and from an old 1960s book he discovered in Oxfam called Treasures Of The Natural World.  TWENTY6 caught up with him at the preview.
 

WHAT WERE YOUR AMBITIONS AND
ASPIRATIONS AT THE AGE OF 26?

I wanted to be an artist, was an artist, infact had a one man show the following year in Hamburg.

PICK A WORD BEGINNING WITH ‘A’
THAT BEST SUMS YOU UP...

Ambidextrous.

FOR EACH LETTER OF THE ALPHABET PICK A WORD FOLLOWED BY A SENTENCE THAT TELLS
US A STORY...

ARSENAL
Playing at home a euphemism for menstruation.

BRASSICK
My aunty was always this when I was growing up.

CRASS
The band that never were.

DAREDEVIL
The comic, Frank Miller years and the love
affair with Elektra.

EDUCATION
Everyone needs one - a good art education
opens your eyes.

FANTASTICAL
The films of Mario Bava - Danger Diabolik with
Jean Phillipe Law.

GRAND GUIGNOL
Parisian horror and giant puppets.

HARRY BELEFONTE
Calypso singer and marvellous actor
I once saw in London.

ISSEY MIYAKE
Fabulous clothes I’d wear, given half the chance.


JESTER
Let’s have a laugh in Court.

KALEIDOSCOPE
Crystallized views of molecular nonsense.

LANKY BIRDS
Tall, rangy women.

MAGIC TRICKS
The hand is quicker than the eye.

NOMADIC
Roaming around nowhere.

ORGANISM
Living stuff and more stuff.

PUMA
Great cat and Pele football boots.

QUAPPI
Max Beckmann wife’s name.

RETARDER
Something you mix with paint so it don’t dry.

SENTINEL
Because we wanna feel safe.

TETRIS
My favourite game.

UNKNOWN
Or a mongrel dog.

VOLUPTUOUS
A word for sexy, fat people.

X
Mutant evolution.

YOJIMBO
Kurosawa’s master less samurai.

ZEBRA
They are stripped, black and white - how chic !!

 

ANIMAL MAGIC
Upstairs at Modern Pantry - 47-48 St Johns’s Square - Clerkenwell - London - EC1V 4JJ

16th May - end July 2011


WORDS & INTERVIEW / MATT SETCHELL