Reflections: Artfields 2016

What a year this has turned out to be.IMG_20160422_160740427-01

Last weekend, with friends, family, and colleagues gathered in Lake City, South Carolina, we all awaited the announcement of the winners for Artfields 2016.  My video store installation was up for consideration against 300+ other fantastic works of art from across the SouthEast region. My colleague, friend, and metalworker-extraordinairre Logan Woodle took an honorable mention award; Aron Belka’s fantastic painting Contact Tracing and Invasive Species by Jocelyn Chateauvert took the People’s Choice Awards; and Brent Pafford’s remember this as a time of day took the Juried Prize.

IMG_20160501_130934Not expecting a win, I was blown away when Be Kind Rewind was selected as the Top Prize winner.  The prize is selected by a Jury from the top 50 popular votes.  It all still feels like a dream as I try to process this win.

This past week has been a blur, as well, as I was featured on Buzzworthy and Bloody Disgusting for two of my (very disparate) sets of work.

Again, I am so honored to have been chosen as this year’s Artfields winner, and I look forward to seeing what comes next.  Thanks to all of the supporters of Artfields, and congratulations to all of this year’s participants.

VHS Store Installation – Coming 2016 at ArtFields!

In April I will assemble an installation for the ArtFields 2016 competition in Lake City, South Carolina.  This work has been in process for over a year, and will incorporate 200+ individual VHS slipcase sculptures arranged to resemble the nostalgic feeling of a VHS rental store.  The show will open at the R.O.B in Lake City on April 22, and will be on view until April 30th.

Smaller install for the faculty show for TN Governors school.

Smaller install for the faculty show for TN Governors school.

The ArtFields website states, “ArtFields® started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town. With over $100,000 up for grabs, awarded based on the input of every visitor to ArtFields and a panel of judges made up of acclaimed artists and educators, the competition offers life-changing amounts of money to all artists in all media who live in the twelve Southeastern states. Over 400 masterpieces will be displayed in locally-owned venues, from renovated warehouses from the 1920’s to Smithsonian-qualified art galleries to upscale restaurants and start-up boutiques, in a mutual celebration of art and community. What was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural communities now becomes a living art gallery as we continue to demonstrate the best of the Southeast and recognize the incredible talent we have to offer.”

Past winners of ArtFields include my colleague at Coastal Carolina University, Jim Arendt.

Below, check out a gallery of the VHS cases I have completed to date!

Vinyl Toy Explorations – 2016

In line with my pop cultural and nostalgic, escapist pieces, I decided to try vinyl toys as a new outlet, to explore the tales of fantasy found in movies and the comic realm.

Check them out below:

New Work – Horror Prop Work

This new body of work investigates my nostalgia for horror films and how they helped carry me through a traumatic childhood. Enjoy!

2016 Shows and Updates

2015 was a fantastic year, from Art on Paper fair with my gallery in New York, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, to a new Assistant Professor and Foundations coordinator position at Coastal Carolina University, to new explorations in paper art, publications, and plenty of shows.

2016 is off to a brilliant start with several shows going on currently, and more upcoming.  Here is a list of some current and upcoming shows:

The New New at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, NY – January 9 – February 13, 2016

12×12 at the Todd Art Gallery at MTSU in Murfreesboro, TN – January 21 – February 10

Charles Clary: Infect[ious] Installations at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach in Myrtle Beach, SC – January 21 – April 21, 2016

Magic and Mayhem: The Art of Iconic Toys at the Young at Art Museum in Miami, FL from January 30 – May 30

More More More at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, CT – February 4 – March 16, 2016

Paper and Blade: Modern Paper Cutting at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA  – February 20, 2016 – July 24, 2016

CUBIERTA-PAPER-ARTIn April of this year, I am thrilled to be included in the South Carolina ArtFields competition.  More information about location coming soon.

Last year, I was blown away to get my copy of Paper Art Now and see my work on the cover! “Paper art now!” shows you many of the opportunities that paper offers art lovers, making three-dimensional shapes through the use of bending and folding techniques and playing with colors and light effects, thereby making innovative use of paper. Be sure to get yourself a copy from Monsa Publications.

Lastly, here are some images of the new work, currently on display at the Myrtle Beach Museum of Art – Infect[ious] Installations.  Be sure to keep up with new and recent work on my Instagram page!

Art on Paper in NYC, Current and Upcoming Shows

2015 is already shaping up to be a busy and exciting year.

My New York Gallery, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, has been great to me already this year.  At the end of the month, the show Snowbird will premiere at the gallery with other artists Christine Aaron, Michiyo Ihara, Jenny Kemp, and Josette Urso. The show will run from Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 until Apr 11, 2015.

One of the new pieces premiering at Art on Paper.

One of the new pieces premiering at Art on Paper.

KBFA will also be present at Art on Paper, during The Armory Art Fair, in New York City from March 5-8, 2015.  If you are in the city that week, please swing by the show in Manhattan to see the work, and have a chat with me.  From their website: “Art Market Productions is pleased to announce art on paper, an art fair from the producers of Miami Project, launching in March 2015 on Manhattan’s vibrant downtown waterfront. art on paper‘s exhibiting galleries will feature work by artists who look to paper as a major influence in their sculpture, drawing, painting, and photography. Working alongside Beneficiary Partner, Brooklyn Museum, and Presenting Parner, The Wall Street Journal, art on paper will bring the best in modern and contemporary art to downtown New York.”

I’m also showing in Knoxville, Tennessee again this year as a part of the Dogwood Arts Festival Regional Juried show at the Emporium Center for Arts and Culture, from April 3-25.  The opening Reception will be Friday, April 3, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

I will also be in the annual Art Papers Auction again in Atlanta.

An upcoming book, The Best Art of Paper, from Monsa Publications in Barcelona, will be out later this year, and will feature some of my recent works!  More updates on that coming soon.

2014RegionalJuriedPostcardXpI recently had a Regional Juried show at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where I was honored to receive the Best in Show Award for Metastic radimafungle gestation Movement #2.  Another show in Cape is currently up at the River Campus Gallery at Southeast Missouri State University.  The show, Monumental Ideas/Intimate Scale: A National Juried Exhibition, is up through the end of February.  Streptococcus Pneumon-a-Diddlitis Stage 5, on display in that show, was selected for an Honorable Mention award at the Monumental Ideas/Intimate Scale exhibition by juror Benjie Heu.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in either New York or Knoxville in the coming months.
Be sure to check out my instagram (@charlesclary) for the most recent work.

New Works, Nostalgia, and Installation

Childhood is a time of play and innocence for most, playing games, getting lost in the fiction and drama of movies. But for some, these games and movies become an escapism, a place to reside for just a few precious moments, to escape the trauma of real life. After losing both of my parents I began to explore the things I used to escape abuse, divorce, and addictions.

This new series explores the notion of VHS and games as my escapisms. I plan to recreate the illusion of an old VHS rental store complete with TV’s and a 600+ selection of VHS to “rent”.

As we grow older we see our past being sold off in thrift stores and discarded. Bringing life back to a past I never had revitalizes these objects, revitalizing the memories locked away in the escapism they used to and still provide.

Alabama to Brooklyn, and all new works

I recently had an opening at the Gadsden Museum of Art in Gadsden, Alabama;  my good friend Rebecca Duke is the manager there, and it was great to have an opportunity to show my work in the space she manages.

September 5th, I am so honored to be a part of the show Pierogi XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition at Pierogi at the Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.   The show is open from 5 September – 5 October, 2014 with the Opening Reception hosted Friday, 5 September. 7-10pm. According to the website, “Pierogi is proud to present our Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, opening September 5th 2014. We would like to thank everyone who made Pierogi what it is today by presenting works by many of the artists who have participated in exhibitions over the last twenty years. It is an eclectic group of work by over one hundred ninety artists and will be installed salon style.”  I was lucky enough to intern at this gallery in graduate school, and it is a special place to me.

And now, for some new works.  With classes beginning in the next couple of weeks, I have been making as much work as possible over the past month.  I’ve also been exploring new mediums and process with drywall and wallpaper.  Let me know what you think!

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