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Belfast art show 'reflects a world where the line between fake and real is invisible'

Belfast artist Austin Clark's exhibition CNN: Fake News is now open in the city centre

AUSTIN Clarke's pop-up exhibition CNN: Fake News, on at the moment, has been described by a fellow Belfast artist as "a freshening gust of air in the local art scene".

Clarke's very personal take on current cultural icons and happenings mixes local and world events, blending the real with the bogus, its aim to prompt chuckles as well as make us think.

"His methods and presentation could be thought of as rough or even shoddy but I think the better term would be 'shonky'," says artist Des Edwards. "His work is a very coarse fine-art, an antidote to refinement."

Clarke tells us his filter-free tongue-in-cheek commentary reflects a world that appears increasingly absurd, where the line between fake and real is fast becoming invisible.

:: CNN: Fake News is showing at Hampden House, 55 Royal Avenue (opposite CastleCourt), 12-5pm, until August 31.

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