William Clements is exibitioning four works in the Green Kill Art Exhibition Program until March 27, 2017.
Berkshire based artist William Clements studied printmaking at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois before heading to the New York Studio School to study sculpture. Drifting down to North Carolina, he worked with an experimental MFA program at Western Carolina University. After several years teaching and showing in North Carolina, Clements gave up his adjunct gigs and relocated to the Berkshires in 2012. He worked as curatorial specialist with EB Fine Arts on their Curatorium gallery project in Hudson, NY, and as chef at Jacob’s Pillow dance festival in Becket, MA. He currently lives and works here and there.
These are drawings, I suppose. I call them drawings. They are drawn. There is no beginning outside of the line, scale, touch, the suggestion. They are made underground. In the basement. I believe this informs the feel of them somehow. There is a certain kind of violence in my approach. This might be a response to the times. There is a sort of dreamy eroticism that emerges, that I embrace. I find something else and laugh. The energy is a primitive energy, this is what I want. There is an endless supply of material in front of me and suddenly I don’t know what to do, but I do and I draw. With a crayon, a stick, a spray can then, some thing. I do not know if these are good drawings. They are flawed, no doubt, raw, but there is something compelling, to me, in them. There is a real-ness, some tension, a unity finally that comes from a breath. There it is, in the light, up from the ground, and I stop.