Approximately 15 paintings by Charles Clough will be on view at David Findlay Jr Gallery, February 2 - 23, 2013. This is the first exhibition of Clough’s work at David Findlay Jr Gallery. Reception:
Saturday February 2, 3:00pm – 5:00pm.
The work of Charles Clough is represented in the collections of over seventy museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 1974, along with Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman, Clough founded the highly successful and influential Hallwalls Center for Contemporary Art in Buffalo, NY. Most recently, Clough was honored with a forty-year retrospective at the University at Buffalo Art Gallery, aptly titled The Way to Clufffalo.
In her essay for the exhibition, curator, Sandra Firmin wrote: “Clough falls blissfully on the side of color and chaos with full knowledge of its liberating effects, as well as its power to overwhelm. Contemplating these paintings, one is awash in color, staring into an abyss of perpetual motion and commingling fluids, of violent ruptures and soothing passages, of billowing clouds and wide arcs, of pure energy known in Chinese philosophy as ch’i. The paintings present an oceanic world of allusions and resemblances where meanings shift constantly and boundaries blur.”
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s
Curated by Heather Pesanti
...surveys a creative ecology that flourished in Buffalo in the 1970s comprising a loosely organized group of collaborative, interdisciplinary artistic communities spanning the visual arts, film, video, performance, literature, and music. Looking back on the art and ideas these groups propagated, one might argue that aspects of postmodern and contemporary art were seeded during this time, and that Buffalo was one of a group of geographic pockets that provided fertile ground for these concepts and methodologies to take hold.
March 30–Sunday, July 8, 2012
Catalog: ISBN: 978-1-887457-12-5
Charles Clough: The Way To Clufffalo
Curated by Sandra Q. Firmin
...is an in depth survey for an artist whose experiments with paint applications are often filtered through an array of media and information technologies. It will also consider Clough’s career in relationship to the critical role Buffalo has played throughout the second half of the twentieth century in nurturing experimental cultural production from Abstract Expressionism onwards. Organized by UB Art Galleries Curator Sandra Q. Firmin, The Way to Clufffalo chronicles Clough’s lifelong artistic pursuit that he refers to as PEPFOG, an acronym for the “photographic epic of a painter as a film or a ghost.” The exhibition will feature over 100 collages, paintings, artist books, sculpture and video, drawn primarily from public and private collections in Western New York, that illuminate 40 years of artistic production. A significant donation of more than 400 Clough works to the UB Art Galleries by renowned art collectors Herbert and Dorothy Vogel will constitute a major portion of the exhibition.
March 31 - May 19, 2012
Catalog: ISBN: 978-0-9842518-3-4
1300 Elmwood, Buffalo State College Alumni Magazine Winter 2011
The Making of An Artist
By Brian C. Kantz
Buffalo Spree, March 2012
Gallery View: Great gesticulations
By Elizabeth Licata
UB Reporter, March 22, 2012
‘Way to Clufffalo’ surveys Clough’s art
By Sandra Q. Firmin
Wish You Were Here Symposium
Saturday, April 14–Sunday, April 15, 2012
In collaboration with the University at Buffalo
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Lecture / Discussion: Charlie Clough: The Way to Clufffalo
April 16, 2012, 7–8:30 pm
Charles Clough presents an illustrated 40-year report on his life and art. Presented by Buffalo State’s Visual Arts Board and funded by the Bacon Award Speaker Series.
Artvoice, April 19-25, 2012
Charles Clough's Paintings at UB Center for the Arts
By Jack Foran
New York Times, May 2, 2012
Renaissance in an Industrial Shadow
By Carol Kino
Buffalo News, Gusto, May 4, 2012
Charles Clough lights the way to 'Clufffalo'
By Colin Dabkowski, News Arts Critic
May 4, 2012
Performance: Excavating Art
For the 2012 Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) conference hosted by UB, Charles Clough, artist and founding member of Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, excavates a relic from the heady days of the legendary artist-run alternative art space. Located on 30 Essex Street in a former ice-packing warehouse, Hallwalls quickly became a social and creative hub for the local arts community to gather, exhibit work, and learn about contemporary art through a library of magazines and catalogs supplemented by a constant influx of visiting artists mostly from New York City.
At Hallwalls, Clough occupied a number of different spaces for sleeping, making art, and holding meetings regarding the organization’s founding and operation. From 1974 to ’78, a plywood tabletop covered with four-foot wide sign painters’ bond paper became a repository for off-hand notes and doodles by Clough and other artists, particularly Robert Longo, visiting his live-work space. Instead of removing the paper once it had been covered with ink and graphite, Clough simply added successive layers of fresh sheets causing the table height to dramatically increase over the intervening four years. When he left Buffalo for New York City in 1978, Clough rolled the papers together and unceremoniously bound them with masking tape, a state that they have remained in ever since. For the first time in over three decades, these fragile sheets of paper will be unrolled and excavated in a performative archeological dig.
For more information on Buffalo TAG 2012, visit: http://www.cas.buffalo.edu/tag2012/program.shtml
May 17 2012 7 PM - 8 PM, to be video-recorded
UB Art Gallery, North Campus
Special Project: Big Finger Parking Lot Painting Party
Help Charles Clough paint in the Big Finger Parking Lot Painting Party at the UB Anderson Gallery. Since the mid-1970s, Clough has staged group art making sessions where the public is invited to explore their own creative potential under the artist’s guidance. Gestural abstraction like Clough's is known for its ability to stimulate imaginative free association. Convex pads of varying sizes attached to sticks, the Big Finger tools can be used to vigorously swirl and blend paint directly onto large-scale canvases to produce unexpected effects. This lively activity lends itself to meaningful public participation for people of all ages and abilities to create something beautiful together.
Programming support provided by Schuele Painting Company Incorporated
May 19 2012 1 PM - 3 PM, to be video-recorded
UB Anderson Gallery
Mining Modernism: Charles Clough and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Video of "O My Goodness"
David Findlay, Jr. Gallery
Hallwalls Center for Contemporary Art
Charles Clough: Wikipedia