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seth clark

Clark collages with found paper to reflect the fragmented and complex tactility of decay. Once he achieves a dimensional foundation, various medias like charcoal, pastel, and graphite are used to bring definition and depth to these raw materials. The processes of collage and drawing alternate between themselves lending to a seamless blend of the two mediums. It often takes months for the structure to appear out of the many scraps of paper and scribble, for as Clark describes, “something very energized and present to escape out of a slow history of abandonment”. Clark’s sculptural work further links concept and process. Materials like wood, polystyrene, and plastic are arranged and aged to emphasize a specific part of the structure. Clark’s 2- and 3-dimensional artwork illustrates the extent to which a small disturbance in a system’s parts can disrupt the entirety. As his sculptural work provides a closer look into a weathering section, his two-dimensional collage builds the narrative of the structure’s story.

 

Clark (b.1986) grew up in Seekonk Massachusetts. He received his BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. Clark exhibited extensively in Pennsylvania from 2009 through 2015 including exhibitions in the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the Pittsburgh Biennial at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Butler Museum of Art. During this time, he received three Design Excellence Awards from the AIGA Pittsburgh, Best in Show at Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Irene Pasinski Sailer Award, the Irving B. Gruber Award, and was a Flight School Fellow. In 2015, Clark was named “Emerging Artist of the Year” by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.  Last year Clark was a resident artist at the Pittsburgh Glass Center where he worked collaboratively with glass artist Jason Forck. Most recently, Clark’s artwork was exhibited at Art on Paper during The Armory in New York City and Aqua Art Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach. He was recently a resident artist at the United World College of South East Asia where he taught students in Singapore principles of art and design.

 

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