Trace Engines – Drawings & prints by Gary Clough

Semblance ‘the outward appearance or apparent form of something, especially when the reality is different’
-Oxford Dictionary of English

Trace Engines explore the tense relationship between the world of things and their images. The amalgamated drawings flatten the world of three-dimensional objects into a diagrammatic plane of lines, shapes and shading. They are at once abstract and literal, but in bringing together the flat outline forms suggestive of man-made objects such as airplanes, vases, buildings and machinery, they create new and abstract contexts for the objects that possibly inspired them.

In this often incongruous coming together, where big things are made small and round things are made flat, Trace Engines play with notions of archetype. True to the iterative nature of their creation, the drawings have only a fleeting clarity that sees the clean crisp lines of their tracing bleed and blur in the act of mono-printing, the process becoming the means through which the work undoes itself.

Rochester-based artist Gary Clough is Head of International Pathways at UCA and a tutor in art and design. Trace Engines was developed through a collaboration with the AIP Centre in Guangzhou, China and the University for the Creative Arts.

Meet the artist at the opening reception of Trace Engines on Thurs, 24 Nov 6.30-8.30pm. No need to book.

Exhibition workshop and activities

Sat, 28 Jan 2017, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Family Drawing Day - Join Gary for a free drawing day using the sketchbook as a tool and museum artefacts as inspiration. Create personal and collaborative artworks inspired by Gary’s own fascination with objects.
The day begins and ends at the gallery and includes a sketching visit to the nearby Guildhall Museum.
Free; suitable for all ages including accompanied children aged seven and over. Contact the arts team to book a place.

Sat, 4 Feb 2017, 10.30 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 3.30pm at the gallery -
Meet the Artist – a free, drop-in day. Come and meet exhibiting artist Gary Clough and find out more about his work and inspiration.

Date and time details

Various dates and times

Contact info

01634 338319


Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case - view the listing for more info.
High Street

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All Dates

  • Thursday, 24 November, 2016
  • Saturday, 28 January, 2017
  • Saturday, 4 February, 2017