I thought this interview with Charles Clary, a Tennessee artist out of Nashville was fantastic. Yatzer does a good job of interviewing Clary to see how his creative process clicks. His experiments with paper kinda take on a “viral” quality — building upon forms that cause the viewer to reflect on spacial relationships that grow and go beyond what is expected.
Here is Clary’s own description of his work:
By layering the paper I am able to build intriguing land formations that support both mechanical and organic life forms. These strange landmasses contaminate the surfaces they inhabit with their viral growth, transforming the space into a suitable living environment. Towers of paper and color jut into the viewer’s space inviting playful interactions between themselves and this conceived world. These worlds escape reality, growing beyond my control. With each new evolution, these worlds continue to grow and morph into strange new embodiments, developing new and limitless manifestations of viral like expanses…..My goal is to immerse the viewer in these environments so that they start to loose themselves in it and are completely engaged peripherally. I want you to feel as if these environments could be macro or micro and you don’t really know which without a point of reference. You begin to question whether or not you’re a voyeur into this world or if this world is voyeuristically encroaching upon your own.
Personally, I like the coloration and other-worldly quality of his artwork. It reminds me of the look of quilling but has the process of cutting and shaping and building on top of platforms. No hidden messages here, just a lot of time, talent and patience.
Although Clary mentions in the interview that he’d invite Frank Lloyd Wright to dinner if given the chance and he listens to a broad range of music by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Muse, Cat Stevens, Muddy Waters, and the Flaming Lips (just to name a few on the list that I like); I think his artwork reminds me of Yes and that album cover that I can’t just seem to get out of my head, not to mention Avatar (for heaven’s sake — not a great movie, in my estimation, but fabulous graphics).
But this is not the album cover, however, that I remember. Maybe it’s on Andreas Vollenweider?….
Nope, but close and who knew that this was such a rare album, and yes, I happen to have it in my stash. Well, visually, I’m at a loss. I can see the image but can’t seem to locate it. In the meantime, here’s a tribute to Yes, with Roundabout, (one of the best jams) to Kick Start the Weekend.