CLARK GOOLSBY

dead man

CLARK GOOLSBY

source: artsy
According to Clark Goolsby, his abstract paintings spring from an “[interest] in how we maintain optimism in a world that is so full of potentially life-ending situations.” Goolsby’s imagery often references mortality, the passage of time, and mutable perceptions of space; skulls, body parts, and skeletons are recurring motifs in some of his abstract compositions. His style is characterized by experiments with hard-edge geometry and surrealism, and is also influenced by classical art history and graffiti. In the late 2000s, Goolsby started incorporating different materials into his acrylic on paper works, including collage elements, pen, pencil, spray paint, and markers. More recently, he has created multimedia sculptural installations with string.

American, b. 1980, Santa Rosa, California, based in Brooklyn, New York
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source: thegridsoupio
To call Clark Goolsby a multi-media artist almost seems like an understatement. Indeed, the sheer volume of materials and techniques he expertly employs is staggering, often combining spray paint, acrylics, pencil, wood, foam, plastic, string, and even audio into one finished product – but even that far from represents the impressive span of Goolsby’s “multi-ness.” He seamlessly transitions between different styles, from abstracted, multifaceted geometric forms to realistically rendered objects, crisp lines to more impressionistic strokes and drippings. As if that wasn’t enough, Goolsby tackles a seemingly endless mix of iconography, juxtaposing rainbows and antlers, inverted crosses and trophies, pyramids and statuesque faces. Oh, and by the way, it’s all in technicolor.

The result is just as overwhelming as you might imagine, and that’s exactly the point. Goolsby’s work parallels the milieu of stimuli we are constantly barraged with every day of our lives – a combination, he suggests, which poses a persistent, sometimes surprising threat to our survival. Goolsby’s most recent solo exhibition, Strange/Love at POVevolving Gallery in Los Angeles, focuses on “how we maintain optimism in a world that is so full of potentially life ending situations.” At the center of this exhibition, an 18 foot long skeletal form made of wood and foam entitled “Dead Man” lies horizontally, suspended from the ceiling by hundreds of neon-colored threads. Goolsby’s work reminds us that, even if we are all essentially dead men grasping onto life by the threads, at least those threads are bright, illustrating a sense of playful joie de vivre which urges us to live larger than life, finding beauty in the unrelenting stream of chaos while we still can.
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source: zupi
O artista plástico Clark Goolsby nasceu na Califórnia e atualmente mora em Nova Iorque. Se você aprecia o movimento cubista, provavelmente irá curtir os trabalhos desenvolvidos por ele.

A arte de Clark, além de conter diversas formar geométricas, é super colorida. Para chegar ao resultado final, ele junta ilustração, colagem e até mesmo pinturas em uma única superfície.

O artista também criou a escultura intitulada como Dead Man para a sua exposição solo, na galeria POVevolving, em Los Angeles. Confira as obras expostas e o processo de criação.