Southeast Alumnus Presents Making Space for Myself in Red Light Night Event

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Southeast Missouri State University alumnus Conley Clark will present “Making Space for Myself” at 7 p.m. on March 15 as part of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri’s Red Light Night series.

Clark is the gallery manager at the Arts Council and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from Southeast. This will be the second Red Light Night event this season.

Red Light Night is a series of after-hours discussions on a variety of topics within the arts. Red Light Night sessions are presented by guest lecturers and panelists at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, 16 N. Spanish Street in downtown Cape Girardeau, on select Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Using an interdisciplinary, concept-oriented approach that combines sculpture, performance, photography and digital art as a means to interweave various messages, his work is a response to the societal constructs of masculinity and femininity. Often employing his own body as the subject, in combination with found materials and objects, Clark attempts to move away from binarism, and to investigate ideas of power, identity and sexuality.

For Clark, the joy of art making comes from its process. In coming up with new ideas and concepts, he uses word association and experiments with new materials to flesh out thoughts that provoke him. When finding materials to use, he usually works with whatever he can find or is readily available to purchase. He is heavily inspired by contemporary artists exhibiting in galleries today as well as a few modern art movements like Fluxus and the Young British Artists from the 1980s.

The views and opinions expressed at Red Light Night are strictly those of the presenter or presenting party, and do not necessarily represent the Arts Council staff, its Board of Directors, sponsors, members and affiliates.

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