Wednesday, July 14, 2010

1:03 p.m.

Kelly John Clark makes happy, dreamy art that lifts off the page in the most tormenting of ways. The textural, touchable quality of his 2D works are subtle, quiet teases of complete sensory experience. Employing meticulous shading, line work and perspective, the online images of Clark's work just do not do it justice.

Despite their permanence, there is a have-to-be there quality that makes these color field drawings so moment-driven. And through the synesthetic nuance that is only understood from up-close, Clark's drawings more appropriately represent our own intangible moods and actions rather than the simple idea of a pencil-to-paper. They are colorful whispers and quiet breaths that remind us how nice refreshing it is to be present-minded.

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