Jared Clark’s varied and idiosyncratic art practice encompasses sculpture, drawing, collage and video, playfully transgressing the boundaries between these modes of production. While the act of making is performed explicitly in Clark’s time-based work, there is a lingering suggestion of performance threaded throughout his oeuvre.
Clark’s ‘bilds’ are constructed from materials that are both familiar and odd - cutting boards, luggage, soap, craft paintings, ceramic figurines, map pins, painted rocks, Styrofoam, fruit, and glass - and appear to be simultaneously carefully constructed, balanced and casual. Whether fixed in place with adhesives, or stacked between trees, there is a sense that these structures are provisional, a pause in an ongoing, mutating, stream of creation. Clark approaches history as a material, and much like the objects he picks up and manipulates, it is transformed through his deft touch. His elegant mash-up of minimalism, action painting and pop art shows a striking grasp of color and form, and his delight in materiality is conveyed equally through his use of natural substances, manufactured objects, the old and the new.
Clark’s sculptures and wall pieces are like small islands, gatherings of ceramic figurines and other thrift-store objects huddled together. The poured resin joining them serves as both base and picture plane, confounding our expectations of front and back, or top and bottom. Through his work, Clark pokes at our assumptions, encouraging us to reconsider both art history and the everyday. His actions, and the objects that he offers, are a liberating force that are sure to delight. Clark's work serves as an object lesson, revealing the infinite ways in which the world can be remade.