I’m fascinated by Seth Clark’s work and process. Recently named Emerging Artist Of The Year by Pittsburgh Center For The Arts, Clark creates collages of deteriorating architecture, using layers of digital images and found papers to create depth and definition, then drawing and painting on top of the collages.
Be sure to click on the images to see them full size.
He first creates digital collages in Photoshop – taking pieces of images he sources online or his own photographs, and combining them together to create buildings that appear to be collapsing onto themselves. A window from one photo, a wall from another. . .once the general structure is complete, he sketches it out and then begins to collage the papers. Layers of papers, ink washes and more paper and then he draws on the collaged piece. Wow. That’s all. Wow.
Collage, Charcoal, Pastel, Acrylic, Graphite on Wood
“Among all of the clutter—the shards of wood and layers of rubble—there remains a gentle resolve. It is as if the buildings were content with their circumstance. As I work, I study these structures incessantly. They are on the brink of ruin, yet appear dignified in their state. Something very energized and present is trying to escape out of a slow history of abandonment.”
“Nature will overcome. It usually does. Even on the smallest level of these pieces, they’re made from paper and they’re sensitive to sunlight. Every little piece of these paintings individually is weathered and in a state of decay. Architecture and buildings, as hard as we try to defend them against the elements—we won’t win.” Seth Clark, from an interview in The Fourth River. Read the full interview here.
Seth Clark’s website
Many thanks to Donna Penoyer for letting me know about this amazing artist.