CREATING NEW WORLDS
TO SPACE TO SURREALITIES.
Creating otherworldly and surreal new environments, Clinton Gorst is a master of analogue collage. His works are created by combining dozens of meticulously cut pieces, to form a new, alternate world. Using original pages from vintage books as resources means he only gets one chance to cut out these objects, but it also brings size limitations. So a recent development of custom-printing backgrounds has allowed for creating largescale works within his seamless photomontage process. Storytelling is an important part of his creations, and themes can include Brutalist or Modernist architecture, sci-fi and technology, to commenting on climate crisis, or portals to another dimension. This retro-futuristic vision of space and science, lead to his significant involvement in FUTURE, his first regional gallery showing at Casula Powerhouse in 2019 which was selected by ART GUIDE AUSTRALIA as one of the top 5 exhibitions to see nationwide. More recently he was asked to be part of BARE BONES at AIRspace projects, where the artists were asked to respond to the poems of JR Waen, and he returned to focus on people and humanity for these pieces – a theme that was prominent in his early Pop-style works from the ‘90s.
I set my own rules early on, when I was developing my collage style, so that I would camouflage any noticeable blunt edges or cuts, to make it look as perfect as possible for analogue collage. Problem solving is an integral part of my process – finding pieces that work both in style and scale is what drives the direction and story of each work.
I love to draw people in with my collages, so that with closer or repeated views you may discover minute details, adding context and a sense of revelation to your individual experience of the artworks.
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