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Charles Clary  Murfreesboro, TN


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Hand cut paper
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Hand cut paper

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About Charles

Charles Clary was born in 1980 in Morristown, Tennessee. He received his BFA in painting with honors from Middle Tennessee State University and his MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He recently had a solo exhibition at Galerie EVOLUTION-Pierre Cardin in Paris, France, completed a three week residency in Lacoste France, completed a painting assistantship with Joe Amrhein of Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn NYC, and had work acquired by fashion designer Pierre Cardin and gallery owner James Cohan. As of 2011 Charles had been featured in numerous print and Internet interviews including, WIRED magazine (US and UK), Hifructose.com, Beautifuldecay.com and Bluecanavs Magazine. He has also been featured in publications including “Papercraft 2” published by Gestalten and “PUSH Paper” published by Lark Books.

Charles describes his work by saying, “I use paper to create a world of fiction that challenges the viewer to suspend disbelief and venture into my fabricated reality. By layering paper I am able to build intriguing land formations that mimic viral colonies and concentric sound waves. These strange landmasses contaminate and infect the surfaces they inhabit transforming the space into something suitable for their gestation. Towers of paper and color jut into the viewer’s space inviting playful interactions between the viewer and this conceived world. These constructions question the notion of microbial outbreaks and their similarity to the visual representation of sound waves, transforming them into something more playful and inviting.”

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09.24.2013 @ 8:50 PM

As unique as snowflakes--powerful, beautiful, disturbing.

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09.24.2013 @ 3:26 PM


L. warren

09.24.2013 @ 2:41 PM

Love all his work. Beautiful pieces, recently purchased one for my restaurant and have gotten numerous compliments.


09.24.2013 @ 1:49 PM

You reference land formations in your statement - your work does remind me of topigraphical maps AND I also see the inside of cut plant stems in your work - very cellular. Good stuff!

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