EXHIBITIONS / PAPER TRAIL
27.11.2008 to 20.12.2008
The target is an almost irresistible graphic image; all those concentric rings create a mesmerising visual vortex, drawing the eye dead centre, sucking you in. No wonder the target is a perennial favourite of both pop artists and marketing gurus.
The target is also an iconic symbol of manmade violence. The targets in Tracey Clement's Paper Trail are part of her ongoing project which explores the toxic legacy of the Enlightenment: the dangerous notion that it is both possible and desirable to dominate nature.
Using a razor blade, outlines of vines and vermin are 'drawn' onto readymade targets, then allowed to spiral out. Breaching the picture plane and occupying 3D space, these organic forms embody nature's vitality and patient omnipotence.
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