"In essence, I am a sculptor of light. In my creative quest, I am captivated by the magical dialogue between light and form. Light is ephemeral, always changing. Its illumination composes in space, as it defines, reflects, refracts, bends, and teases the volume and mass of static forms. It’s this symbiotic relationship that I’m interested in exploring through my work. "
Artist statement, http://www.jamesoclark.com (25.04.2019)
"What happened to James Clark`s oddball otherworldly constructions? Why does it feel like the polite pharmacist has replaced the mad scientist? Clark`s been around for a long time, showing since the 70`s. He`s also about as decorated as they come, with an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Guggenheim, a couple of National Endowments for the Arts awards, and more honorariums than Senator Beauregard Claghorn had Dixie cups. For the past three decades Clark has been concocting bizarre, experimental sculptures that pushed the limits of the medium with his particular use of “discarded" or “non-art" materials, employing everything from urinals and lace pillows to fiber-optic cables and water. He refused to buy into the chic appraisals and theories of his peers working with similar objects, like the tired critique of consumer culture. He stood alone in his uncanny laboratory of wonders and we loved him for it."
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