JARED CLARK: "New Work" @ ADA Gallery 2019

Jared Clark, a Utah native who received his MFA from VCU in 2007, returns to Richmond with his latest ADA exhibit, aptly titled "New Work." Through his latest “kitschbilds,” assemblages of thrift-store and other found objects together with colorful resin, Clark carries on his lifelong obsession with rummage-sale detritus and continues to blur the line between painting and sculpture. In addition to providing the canvas for his arresting palette, the kitschbilds showcase Clark’s talent for diving headfirst into chaos, creating still more chaos, then bringing order out of it. Be they dense collections of kitschy sculptures or elegant, monochrome pieces of resin, Clark’s bilds suggest the infinite ways in which everyday objects can be reconfigured, re-contextualized, and reimagined.

New Work includes new pigmented resin pieces, the mold for which are former food containers. With these, Clark finds the ordered elegance in a humdrum shape, bestowing it with the sleekness of an LCD screen and the enticing translucence of a Jolly Rancher. Please do not lick the art.

Clark has received fellowships from the Utah Arts Council, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Dedalus Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center, and has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Art Omi, and Berlin’s Kompact Living Space. His solo exhibitions have shown at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Volta Art Fair, Denise Bibro Gallery, and has shown many times at ADA Gallery since 2006.

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