The Illusion of Logic (Leipzig), 2017


"Several screens play on letters and numbers. The Illusion of Logic makes ornamental art out of binary code, the pattern-form that now shapes every population on earth. Originally titled Leipzig, the screen references the home of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716), the great philosopher and scientist who refined binary code (among many other great achievements). The ultimate exercise in rationalist logic, the code underpins computer technology. Here, zeros and ones run down the panels in white, leaving intangible pink shadows on the atmosphere. Following the outlook of Leibniz himself, the rational grid of numbers doesn’t seek to control nature or dictate its shape. Rather, it is to do with the fusion of organic and artificial phenomena, with the interruption of a natural universe by a mathematical one. The background is a swirling storm of line and cloud, of folding blues, pinks and reds. Architect Peter Cook expressed his jealousy at the freedom Clarke has achieved through his exploitation of the glass medium, telling us he is 'taunted by a drifting, wiggling system of wayward lines.' The Illusion of Logic is an exemplar of beautiful waywardness. Clarke talked about one of his screens as being like a John Martin painting. It is a good image and is exactly the spirit at work in the piece. 'The flurry of swirling colours and striations in the glass,' he tells us, 'have produced a mood that isn’t bound by gravity.' Exactly so." – author and curator Paul Greenhalgh in The Art of Light.

Stained glass screen in an edition of 10 unique variants plus 3 artist's proofs, published by and available from HENI.