‘EDITION S’ | 2011


Paradise Apparatus
Edition of 45
Two plate colour etching made in aquatint with hand applied collage elements
printed on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm paper.
Paper dimension: 36 x 38 cm
Image dimension: 19,8 x 24,5 cm

Julia Rosa Clark is the third artist of the ‘Edition S’ project. Clark collaborated with master printer Zhané Warren to make a two-plate colour etching crafted in the aquatint technique and printed as an edition of 45 on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm paper. Hand collaged by the artist, each of the 45 identical prints are unique. Accompanying the edition are 4 Artist’s Proofs, 2 Printers’ Proofs, as well as a Publisher’s Proof, Hors Commerce and Bon á Tirer.

Julia Rosa Clark explains the following of her etching: “Paradise Apparatus explores the sensations and mysteries of chemistry, perception and colour as they relate to the search for fulfillment, with references to aspects of science, alchemy, theatre-craft and art making.”

About the Artist

Julia Rosa Clark (1975) lives and works in Cape Town. She is currently a part-time lecturer in Curatorship at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. She obtained her MFA from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2004, and went on to have her first solo show, A Million Trillion Gazillion later that year at Joao Ferreira Gallery. Works from A Million Trillion Gazillion travelled to Liste 05, Basel (2005) and MTN New Contemporaries, Johannesburg Art Gallery (2006). Her next solo show, Hypocrite’s Lament (2007) was exhibited in Cape Town (Joao Ferreira Gallery), London (Ferreira Projects) and at the Joburg Art Fair. Fever Jubilee (2007/8) was a month long intervention at Blank Projects that sought to integrate process with public participation. Thereafter she had her a soloexhibition Paradise Apparatus in March 2010 at Whatiftheworld Gallery. In 2012 Clark had a solo exhibition – titled Booty – at Whatiftheworld Gallery. The gallery represented this work at the Volta 8 Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland in June 2012.

Clark has been involved with a number of group shows at Whatiftheworld Gallery. Big Wednesday (2008) was co-curated with Daniel Levi. This was followed by her solo curatorial debut, Sing Into My Mouth (2009). Her work has appeared on numerous group shows, including most recently DadaSouth at Iziko South African National Gallery (2009/10). Clark was recently featured in Art Review (September 2011), and is working towards a solo show at Whatiftheworld Gallery in 2012.

In addition to her interest in the pedagogical and systems of knowledge, her practice is interdisciplinary and engages conceptually with sensation, space, process and the methodology of installation. She is fascinated by collections and the place of the found object in Contemporary Art.