By day, Matthew Allan Clarke works on construction sites, specializing in concrete. But his true passion is art.
“Concrete is stressful because there is a time limit, and it’s heavy,” says Clarke. “It’s also boring because the only thing you do is make flat floors. So, as an act of rebellion, and to direct my creative spirit, I make abstract sculptures out of concrete.”
Clarke has a BFA in sculpture from the University of Alberta, and is hosting his first solo art exhibition at Common Sense Gallery. The show, titled Good Sense, features nine of Clarke’s abstract concrete sculptures.
His sculptures incorporate texture, strong lines, beams and counter structure. It takes about three months to complete one sculpture. All the work is done outside, so Clarke’s workload slows during the winter as concrete is sensitive to work with, especially in colder temperatures.
“It would make me feel very good and I would like it a lot if people came out to the show,” says Clarke. “It’s a great place to go on a date, maybe wear a suit, and support local talent.”
Matthew Allan Clarke: Good Sense is on until April 29 at Common Sense Gallery, located at 10546 115 St. NW.