CLINTON KING

CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

CK: My style is sometimes recursive and seems to be a byproduct of exploration.

CK: The more I search, the more I discover.

CK: The more I discover, the more I search.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

CK: Sudden realizations that occur in the process of searching.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

CK: I often start with a loose idea or no thought at all.

CK: From these first marks I simply respond, from there it’s a game of call and response.

CK: A work made like this can begin for months before it’s suddenly finished in an hour.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

CK: I think Art actually transforms what people bring to it.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

CK: My life and my art are similar…complex, colorful, and always changing.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse an go from there?

CK: I think forethought, intuition and spontaneity working in shifts is better.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

CK: Art speaks for itself, it’s good to learn its language and listen.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

CK: Style and taste are largely dictated by culture, so it’s more important to ask by who’s definition and why?

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

CK: Making inner processes outwardly tangible.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

CK: Watching things transform.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

CK: Here are four thoughts I’ve had recently…

1. Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” might be the greatest work of art ever made.

2. Mathew Barney created something truly remarkable.

3. Pablo Picasso was the purest artist.

4. Believe it or not, Jeff Koons “gazing balls” are actually deep works of art.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

CK: An artist should use whatever tool the work requires.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

CK: Any creative path that changes your inner world should simultaneously change your view of the outer.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

CK: I love to travel, it keeps me alive, and I can say with some certainty that Tokyo is my favorite city.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

CK: I read a lot of Jungian work in the past, enjoyed Mircea Eliade, and read many books on the subject of religious thought. Recently I’ve been reading Francis Yates, and find her books about Memory, Rosicrucianism, and Giordano Bruno very intriguing.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

CK: Only to develop it further and surprise myself.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

CK: An individual who explores, discovers and communicates things hidden or lost.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

CK: According to my iPhone it was a song titled “Planet Junior” by Babe Rainbow.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

CK: If my aesthetic were a color it would be your second favorite. If my art were an animal it would be an owl seen at day.

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