In his most recent series, paper artist Charles Clary, previously featured on Hi-Fructose, nods to the power of nostalgia by creating over 200 individual VHS slipcase sculptures. The series took over a year to complete and marks a turn towards the personal in Clary’s art. This series is a response to his parents’ deaths and a nostalgia for childhood: “The idea behind the more recent work using retro pop culture from my childhood is of order from chaos, beauty from destruction, and hope for more joyous times.”
For his hand-cut paper and acrylic sculptures, Charles Clary envisions a strange biology where viral colonies expand across the walls of his studio in fluorescent, geometric formations. The artist (whom we interviewed on the blog in 2010) currently has a solo show at Brett Wesley Gallery in Las Vegas that comes to a close this Saturday, September 28. Clary’s work is precise and labor-intensive; the artist routinely puts in months of consecutive 12 hours days of cutting the thin layers that make up his voluminous pieces. Take a look at some of his latest work after the jump.
Artist Charles Clary has been quite the busy creative lately. From his inspired New York apartment studio, he has produced a body of work that is quite literally taking over his world. Clary’s work, most akin to the patient scientific study of a new organism, has spawned onto walls far and near – most recently in concurrent solo exhibitions in Miami, FL and Nashville, TN. We asked the artist if he would take a few moments to indulge us in our curiosity of these layered hand-cut paper sculptures, and were allowed a view into his increasingly colorful world. Nathan Spoor reports in.
For their current group show, “Paper Cuts,” San Francisco’s Spoke Art invited a diverse assembly of artists who transform paper into fantastical visions with the help of a blade. Charles Clary, for instance, builds up layers of colorful sheets of paper cut into organic shapes that resemble neon bacteria colonies sprawling across the gallery wall. Clary’s loud, vibrant sculptural work is balanced out by the monochromatic shadow boxes of Hari and Deepti, a duo that cuts out narrative scenes from layers of white paper, using the interplay of light and shadow to illuminate their characters. Yulia Brodskaya’s delicate works utilize colorful paper in a collage-like style; the artist glues different thin, delicate pieces to create ornamental patterns. Her works for the show are small yet visually impactful. “Paper Cuts” is on view through May 24. Take a look at some work from the show after the jump.