About the Art
Dennis Clark 1/10/7
The series displayed at
this web site was begun in the year 2002. Today, the total number
or images created is 60.
The originals for these art
works began as 5"x6" images done in heavier cardstock
of various colors. The
missing elements at that point were depth of color and size.
Satisfactory color brightness was attained by the use of Lucite, a
brand of Plexiglas that provided sheen and depth of color at the
same time. Many business signs can be viewed as art, when thought
of in that way.
The first Lucite works created
were "America" and "Blue". These are three dimensional works done
in single colors. They were created at a wall size of
Purpose in the origin
of all artworks was solely for the expression of color - balanced to
be pleasing to the eye. Influence would be the type of colorful,
balanced works done by Calder, Miro, Picasso, Matisse, and Max - and
others with dramatic work in primary colors.
The concept of creating
abstract works both balanced and colorful was a non-starter from the
creativity standpoint. Consequently, the idea emerged to create
abstract, representational "scenes" based on mirthful depiction
of friends e.g.,
Murphy's Last Dive and Dale's Last Fight -- or based upon memory
pictures embellished for color such as Buffalo Night or "High School
Hero". A third conceptual starting point was to capture and depict
seminal moments with dramatic color such as "The Discipline
Machine" or "Ask Moscato'
Using the above described
representational concepts allowed for color experimentation and a potential plethora
of images, which now number 60.
The result in many cases is
modern art intended to stand alone for its color and clarity - - but
which based on closer inspection actually have a meaning or genesis. Usually, the titles will add an
understanding and disclose the meaning of each artwork. Without
these titles, the art might be viewed more narrowly as merely abstract art.
An element of fun was
intended as maybe understood when the title discloses a meaning.
These works were created for the reasons indicated not originally as a
commercial project. Intent now is to share these images with
others who may enjoy them.
As a suite, the larger of
these works appear potentially appropriate for modern apartments, for lofts
and for business/office display.
In order to promote their use
in non-modern environments, a 10"x12" size was created so as not
to monopolize an environment. The two piece Lucite easel is the
artist's invention, designed to complement the smaller works.