The Four Quarters
1989 – 1990
Each of the Four Quarters corresponds to a movement from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. The four roundels are all 90 cm in diameter. In the summer of 1989, Brian listened to a performance of Vivaldi’s violin concerti in the square at Darmstadt, and later that year designed the first of these works. In 1990 three further works were designed, completing the series: each Quarter corresponds to and gives way to a season (First Quarter is 'Spring', followed by Second Quarter as 'Summer', and so on).
“...All of Clarke's work is imbued with a preoccupation with the relationship and tension between opposites, and his favourite leitmotifs: the cross, the amorph, the grid and the geometric elements, can all be understood in terms of an equilibrium which has been disturbed or tormented. In Clarke's work the ritual order of repeated elements is disrupted: straight gives way to bent, soft to hard, defined to diffuse, rough to smooth, etc.” — Paul Beldock, in ArT Random's 1990 publication ‘Brian Clarke’.