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Opening Reception: Friday, October 26, 2018, 5:30 PM 10:00 PM
Paradigm Gallery + Studio
Paradigm Gallery is pleased to present Fragmentation, an upcoming solo exhibition of new multimedia works by Pittsburgh-based collage artist and sculptor Seth Clark. The solo exhibition, marking Clark’s third show with the gallery, will open October 26 and remain on view through December 6, 2018.
Continuing the artist’s ongoing exploration of abandoned, deteriorating architecture, Clark’s latest series is less straightforwardly representational than his previous works. Derived most notably from found paper and wood, Clark’s ambitious, intricate and delicately-worked mixed media collages aim to represent the fragmented and complex nature of architecture in decline, what he refers to as the beauty of decay.
Alternating between collage and architectural drawing, Clark seamlessly blends the two mediums through a continually evolving and exquisitely detailed layering process. For the two-dimensional paintings, he begins with an underlying layer of paper collage, and then applies charcoal, pastel, and graphite, providing definition and depth. The three-dimensional structural collages are meticulously constructed little worlds made of lightweight wood.
Based upon original photographs and online sources, Clark intercuts images of architecture in various states of disrepair, creating digital compositions which serve as the foundation for the series. Purposefully eschewing a clear point of view, disconnected or incomplete pieces, with their shifting, gravity-defying angles–a window or wall from one image integrated with the collapsing rooftop from another–form an amalgamated yet abstractedly deconstructed whole.
Clark’s collages of vernacular dwellings serve as fragmented portraits of urban decay, fictionalized architectural realities about to fall down or give way. Depicting the architecture of a culture, they induce in the viewer the feeling of place.