Randall Cleaver

Mixed Media/Lighting & Timepieces

Contact Information

Takoma Park, MD
e-mail: randallcleaver@aol.com
Please contact artist or gallery for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Statement

Randall Cleaver’s work combines what has been discarded to create timekeeping artifacts. Their utility and motion involve the viewer in their complexity of forms, textures, relationships, and humor.

Creating with found objects started as an inexpensive way to obtain materials, but soon, the objects themselves became a source of inspiration. Cleaver tries to give his viewer the sense that the parts were manufactured to form the object, in order that the various parts transcend what they were.

The clocks, as a body of work, are a conglomerate of ideas Cleaver has had over the years: actual, as opposed to implied, motion; machine sounds emanating from the pieces; humor; functionality; the sense of history in timepieces; and the near obsession our society has for time.

The clocks also give an archetypal starting point with which to view his pieces. From there the viewers can work their way deeper into the works.

The lamps are similar to the clocks in that they too are viewer friendly. Instead of the movement of clock works to accent the piece, there is the glow of the bulb, not only accenting the piece, but changing the mood of the entire room when lit.

Cleaver’s working style is intuitive. He starts with a germ of an idea or a particular found object that will suggest a piece, but as it grows, different relationships will be discovered and the form of the work will respond to these discoveries.


Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
BFA in Sculpture


Trescott, Jacqueline. “Found objects make up Takoma Park artist’s timepieces“, The Washington Post, November 4, 2011

Skinner, Tina. Found Object Art 2, Schiffer Art Books

Johnson, Garth. 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse, Quarry Books

Spencer, Dorthy. Found Object Art, Schiffer Art Books

Trashformations: Recycled Materials in Contemporary Art and Design exhibition catalogue,
Whatcom Museum of History and Art, WA

Artist’s of a Different Caliber exhibition catalogue, Carnegie Mellon University

Hannson, Bobby. The Fine Art of The Tincan, Lark Books

Selected Exhibitions

Randall Cleaver: Found Objects, The Gallery at 543, Philadelphia, PA

2011 – 2012
Found Time, National Watch and Clock Museum, Columbia, PA

Old to New, Takoma Park Community Center, MD

Randall Cleaver: Found Objects, Berman Museum of Art,
Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

Hops and Clocks, National Watch and Clock Museum, Columbia, PA

2008 – 2009
Something Old, Something New, Philadelphia International Airport,
Terminal “D”, Philadelphia, PA

Germantown Academy Arts Center, Fort Washington, PA

Purpose Repurpose: Cleaver and Ferrell, Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, MD

Cardinal Gallery, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD

Stockton State College Art Gallery, Pomona, NJ

Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA

Markeim Art Center, Haddonfield, NJ


Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA

Gloucester County College, Gloucester, NJ


Seasons of Change: Human/Nature, The Gallery at 543, Philadelphia PA
Curator: Jennifer A. Zwilling

Recovered Delights: The Inventive World of Found Object Sculpture, Snyderman/ Works Gallery, Philadelphia PA

Is it Time?, Cerulean Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Inspiritations, Katzen Art Center, American University, Washington, DC

Washington Artists: Eight Diverse Visions, Marlboro Gallery of Prince George’s
Community College, Prince George’s County, MD

Ecologically Correct: The Philadelphia Dumpster Divers,
Outsider Folk Art Gallery at the Goggleworks Art Center, Reading PA

Reincarnations: Art Created from Found Objects,
The Gallery Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC

Found Objects : New Beginnings- The Art of Trash, Baltimore Public Works Museum,
Baltimore MD

Recycled Creativity: The Tipping Point of Cultural Chaos, The Arts Scene, West Chester, PA

The Art of Craft, Air Gallery, Annapolis, MD

Neighborhood Bike Works: 4th Annual Bike Part Art Show,
Nexus/foundation for today’s art, Philadelphia, PA

Clocks: Time Well Spent, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY

Art & Community: Neighborhood Bike Works, Journy Home Center, Philadelphia, PA

Specific Density, the Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Miriam Seidel

Art & Community: Neighborhood Bike Works, Ester Klein Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Saving Philadelphia: the Art of the Dumpster Divers, Sedgwick Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA

Seat of Imagination, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

2002 – 2003
Featured in Enviroart, GreenWorksTV

Structures, Salon Des Ami, Malvern, PA

Recreation/Re-Creation, The Noyes Museum of Art, NJ

Craft Annual, The Noyes Museum of Art, New Jersey

Not Politics as Usual, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Constructions, InLiquid at the Bride, The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA

Y2K, LockJaw Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Wustum Museum, Racine, WI

Found Objects in Different Contexts, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Artists of a Different Caliber, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Recycled, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Tick Tock, OXOXO Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Hello Again!: Recycled Art and Design, Oakland Museum of California

Trashformations, WhatCom Museum, Bellingham, WA

E.A. Draper Craft Showcase, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

Tin Can Alley Part 2, America Oh Yes Gallery, Washington DC

1996 -1997
Tin Can Alley, Hilton Head, SC

The Fine Art of the Tin Can, OXOXO Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Art and Function, Long Beach Institute for Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ

Recycled, Ferrin Gallery, Northampton, MA

Art of the State: PA ’93, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Art at Friends, Newtown Friends School, Newtown, PA

Arts & Crafts, Cardinal Gallery, Maryland Center for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD

Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, WI

60th Annual Juried Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
First Prize, Sculpture

Group Sculpture Exhibition, The Old School, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts,
Wilmington, DE



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