Charles Clary featured at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center in January and February


Jasper Community Arts, with support from Meyer Distributing, will showcase the work of South Carolina stationery artist Charles Clary for the months of January and February at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center.

Clary uses paper to create a fictional world that challenges the viewer to suspend their disbelief and venture into their fabricated reality.

He layers paper to build intriguing land formations that mimic viral colonies and concentric sound waves. These strange land masses contaminate and infect the surfaces they inhabit, transforming space into something conducive to their gestation. Towers of paper and color advance in the spectator’s space, inviting playful interactions between the spectator and this conceived world. These constructions question the notion of microbial epidemics and their similarity with the visual representation of sound waves, transforming them into something more playful and inviting.

“My most recent paper installation sculptures deal with the idea that music is an intangible virus, and we, the viewers, are the carriers who spread this ‘disease’ from one space to another,” said Clary. “Each turn of paper looks like computer-generated sound waves, petri dishes, bacterial and viral colonies, as well as fungus and mold growths; the towers represent the similarities that each share at the micro level. The context is removed, inviting the viewer to explore the work up close without fear of being infected. These works explore the constant “growth” of my installations, which, if left alone in gestation, will end up invading entire spaces, infesting every surface they touch. This eerie feeling is counterbalanced by bright, garish color schemes, which evoke playful interactions with each turn.

Recently, Clary’s work has become more personal, at least through the creative process, through the impact of cancer.

“In February 2013, I lost my mom and dad, two weeks apart, to smoking-related cancers,” Clary said. “It was a devastating time in my life, but I channeled my grief into the conceptual ideas of my work. Cancer is a disease that is a perfectly structured killer; it is beautiful in its architecture but grotesque in its eventuality.

Clary holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Middle Tennessee State University.

Charles Clary’s personal exhibition will be on display from January 6 to February 20, 2022.

The reception on the first Thursday will take place on Thursday January 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A talk by Clary will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The galleries of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center, located at 100 3rd Avenue, Suite A, Jasper, IN 47546, are open to the public Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Groups schools, clubs and students are welcome. Free entry. Donations appreciated.


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