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"Fragmentation" works by Seth Clark

Posted on October 12 2018


Seth Clark: Fragmentation
Exhibition Dates: October 26 – December 6, 2018
Opening Reception: October 26, 2018 5:30 – 10:00pm

Seth Clark
Seth Clark, Fragments 1, 2017, paper, charcoal, pastel, graphite, acrylic on wood, 42” x 33”

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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.

About Seth Clark // Clark grew up in Seekonk, Massachusetts and studied close to home in Providence at the Rhode Island School of Design. He earned his BFA in Graphic Design, focusing primarily on print design and alternative typography. During this time, he discovered collage. This method of hands-on, spatial development took a major role in his digital work as well as his physical works on wood and paper. His drawings and paintings have shown nationally including exhibitions in the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Chautauqua Institution, Recent honors include Best in Show at the Three Rivers Arts Festival and publication in New American Paintings. Clark is a 2012 Flight School Fellow and was named Pittsburgh’s 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. He is the recipient of three Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Pittsburgh.

About Paradigm Gallery // Paradigm Gallery + Studio® exhibits contemporary artwork from around the world with a focus on Philadelphia-based artists. Established February 2010, the gallery began as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, as a space in which to create artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the community to create and collect in a welcoming gallery setting. To this day the gallery still aims to welcome all collectors, from first time to lifelong, and continues to support accessible work that welcomes a wide audience.

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