With help from two other curators, Barbara Bloemink and Ana Merino, and the Regina Miller Gallery's exhibitions coordinator Rick Gribenas, she began to organize a show that is a virtual visual explosion of comics, cartoons and fine art that includes the works of nearly 80 fine artists and 40 cartoonists. Not to mention more than 350 small, independently produced comics publications called "zines."
In the entrance gallery on the first floor, the overwhelming size of the exhibition is not that apparent, given that a few of the larger works in the show dominate the space. But that is entirely appropriate given the size and impact of works such as Mark Newport's "Freedom Bedcover," which is a quilt made from stitched and embroidered comic book pages, and Gottfried Helnwein's "American Prayer," which is a large hyper-realistic painting of a boy kneeling in bedtime prayer to a large and looming Donald Duck.
About Helnwein's piece: Clark says, "In many ways, this is the signature piece for this whole show, because it shows how cartoon imagery has entered our culture, our world, our daily life."