Hunt Clark (USA)

 

Artist’s statement

I’m more interested in wood as a malleable material than its visual lure. I have approached the medium without prejudice and focused on building an understanding that is based on my personal experience. While studying art as an undergraduate I began incorporating wood into my paintings and sculptures. I realized very quickly that wood carries a stereotype, which did not fit my intent or direction. I worked toward moving it away from this reputation by thinking about it as plastic. 

In 2000 I started including the wood forms in my video installations. In the piece titled Speed, 2013, I arranged video clips into a sort of visual rhythm. I consider how the projections are going to lie on the piece when I’m creating the shape. Projecting the video often feels similar to the activity of painting to me. I manipulate the moving images by controlling and altering three-dimensional surfaces. Arranged planes and curves give the illusion that the video speeds up in different areas as well as distorting the image. Through this process I make situations that create the unexpected.

PHOTO: DEBORAH McCLARY

PHOTO: DEBORAH McCLARY

Artist’s bio

Hunt Clark is a multimedia artist with a focus on painting, sculpture, and video-based installation. He studied art at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville with a major in painting. Clark’s installations have used robotics to travel his projections through space and often include sound, resulting in multisensory, immersive environments.

He is also known for the intricately curved, organic shapes he carves out of wood. His unconventional approach to carving has resulted in extremely thin and technically difficult forms. His installations have used these forms and other materials as the surfaces for video projections.

In 2014 his work was included in Optic Edge at the Whitespace Collection. In 2013 his piece Traffic was exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design in Against the Grain, curated by Lowery Stokes Sims. His work was one of three Americans’ included in the main exhibition at the 2013 Cheongju International Craft Biennale.