photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Conley Clark

Conley Clark
ART 576: Advanced Photography
Archival pigment prints

Statement: Originally exploring environments where fierce masculinity and the queer male body meet, I became more interested in self-portraiture and the notion of clarity as they grew to be key elements in whatever I was pursuing. In Tenderly My Garden Grows There, the mirror presents itself as an object of self awareness; another lens in which I am able to discern the likeness of my queer identity, as well as acknowledge the artifice and performative nature of both photography and gender. This new work also draws upon a variety of themes, such as desire and longing, concealment, and superficiality all while implicating the viewer in the process.

10 thoughts on “Conley Clark”

  1. Hey Conley! This is my favorite series of the whole semester. There is so much for me to read. First of all, I love your images bring the colors of wood, ceramics, body, plants and wall together in balance, which makes me think of that our bodies belong to nature, and nature is incorporated into our daily life, creating an interaction. The second picture is my favorite, cause I like the way that you show the beautiful lines of your ankle and feet, and it also speaks to me about confidently showing queer identity. Great work!

  2. This series is very successful and the photos do a good job telling the story of your artist statement. I like the use of mirrors in self portraits because they represent the way we see ourselves and the way we project that to the world.

  3. This series honestly took me by surprise. By taking photos of the human body in ways one would not expect, it really made me think of myself and reflect on what you were trying to convey. Great work!

  4. I really love this series of photos, and the meaning behind them. The way you shot these photos draws attention to intimate aspects of your life, leading the audience’s eye directly to the main element of the picture. Overall, really good job!

  5. This series is beautiful. I think the use of the mirror makes these photos even more interesting to look at. I also love the color of these photos it is very calming and natural.

  6. This series is so gorgeous. I especially love the freshness of it with the soft white backgrounds and gentle reflections and the green of the plant. I love how your body is in each shot though not in full. It really helps make the image as a whole important rather than giving just one visual focus.

  7. Hi Conley,

    I find your topic to be quite interesting with the play with queerness and masculinity. Your photos seem to touch upon the queer side of things; however, I feel like masculinity needs to be more clear in the photos. Like, perhaps use certain “macho” poses

  8. I like the second photo in the series most, I think because of the askew framing of the mirror and the angle at which it was shot. I would maybe consider shifting the subject over to one side or the other instead of being in the center to add a bit more interest.

  9. The first thing that stood out to me in these photos was the variety yet theme regarding the colors. I love the composition of these photos and how perfectly the light seems to fit with the bright and warm colors. because of the artist statement, I was able to feel just how personal this series was. It makes such a difference when an artist provides a statement along side their photos. At first I did not really like the first image, but the longer I stared at it the more it began to please me. The blurriness of the body moving past the mirror is a bit unsettling but it works really well with the series as a whole. I also appreciate how much effort and detail was seemingly put into staging this scene. Extremely well thought out, this photographer had a clear purpose for his project and it really shows.

  10. You should look into Paul Mpagi Sepuya. Your work really reminded me of his work as it deals a lot with mirrors, portraits, queerness, the inclusion of the act of photographing and the fragmentation of the body. I like your choice of shallow depth of field as well as it makes me consider that which is out of focus even more.

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