Short interview with artist Frederick Clarke


We featured Frederick Clarke 2 days ago, but couldn’t get hold of him for an interview at the time, but we’ve finally succeeded! Here goes:

1. Your favourite spot in Jozi?

Parker’s Grill on Jan Smuts, it reminds me of my grandmother’s kitchen and, despite the name, has serious Indian food.

2. I know you’re also a musician, what kind of music do you play?

I have been producing music as a solo artist, and bassist for close to 8 years now. I have never studied music, and as a result it is very linked to my visual work, in understanding composition etc..

It’s a mix of dark hiphop instrumentals, drum & bass, and an element what I hope is alien and undefinable.

The live debut will be at the Bioscope, Main street Life, early June, details available at mainstreetlife.tv The project is called Inkoom.

3. Favourite local artist?

This is always subject to flux. Two artists that have made an important impression over the years are Zwelethu Mthethwa and William Kentridge. It’s cool to have giants like these, producing in abundance and keeping it real, pastel to paper, masters of both their mediums and ideas. Diane Victor, and Judith Mason are two others.

4. If you could live anywhere in the world (outside SA) where would it be?

I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, but if I was hypothetically banished I would definitely hitch to Argentina. I spent a month there in January, and Argentina is the place. It’s healthy, voluptuous and home to amazing individuals. Patagonia in particular has a natural beauty that erases mental surplus.

5. Take us through a typical day in your life.

Imagine a grandpa trapped inside a young man’s body. I like to keep it simple, and in first degree reality. I’m not one for social networking, and prefer to connect through random and planned activity, as we have been doing for many thousands of years.

I usually work on music, prints or drawing for most of the day. I really enjoy local travel. SA is the place to hit the road and explore. Even for a day. Otherwise, forage out something to eat, feed the walrus, watch a film, go to bed.

Thanks Fred!

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