In late 2013 Clough's painting studio was moved to Hi-Temp Fabrication in Buffalo, New York and established as The Clufffalo Institute. Clufffalo consists of the Charles Clough archive, library, painting studio, works on paper studio (located in East Aurora, NewYork) and administers Clufffalo Arena Painting Projects. Since April, 2014, Clough has completed twelve paintings illustrated in this catalog:The Clufffaloes. Clough's CV is here.
Works that were painted in 2012 and 2013, were, in most cases, exhibited at David Findlay Jr Gallery in New York City in February, 2013.The catalog is here and the pricelist is here.
The Clufffalo Institute presented Charles Clough’s “Magnitudes: Paintings from the 1980s & 1990s” at Hi-Temp Fabrication, 79 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York from February 21-March 15, 2014. The catalog which accompanies the exhibition may be downloaded here. Call 646-283-6964 for appointment. Illustrated pricelist is here.
The works in the exhibition range in size from approximately a quarter of an inch square to 9 ½ x 13 ½ feet and are colorful gestural abstractions made with Clough’s unique “big finger” painting tools. Most of the works have never been shown. The smallest pieces are set in sterling silver pin mountings and the largest pieces take advantage of Hi-Temp’s huge walls.
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center presents Clough’s artist’s talk: “The Way to Clufffalo: Advance or Retreat?” on Monday March 3, 2014. He will account for the past 40-some years in the studio and what he hopes to accomplish in the time that remains. This illustrated talk extends Bruce Adam’s Buffalo Spree article of December 2013. Beer/wine reception at 6PM in Hallwalls Gallery and talk at 7PM in Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York, 14202, 716-854-1694, www.hallwalls.org.
Hold Your Breath, (Clough v 3) a video by Sarah Elder http://vimeo.com/66369154
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, http://vimeo.com/66369154
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"
Hallwalls Center for Contemporary Art
Charles Clough: Wikipedia