Artist StatementWhile negotiating color, form, and space, I embrace structure and employ a reductionist methodology. By utilizing the language of abstraction, I deliberately engage with paintings of the past, for the pictorial past informs the pictorial present. Regarding the studio as a place for inquiry, I enter into a relationship with the surface, the skin of the painting. Alchemically constructing an entire world within the realm of the painting, I am the vehicle from which the work emanates. Creating total images that function as optical devices, I allow the work to possess its own voice and internal logic. By spending many hours in the studio, I am open to the development of my sensibility. With acute contemplation and decisive action, I introduce balance and visual tension. Single-handedly traversing uncertainty, I rarely encounter fleeting moments of perfection.
Andy Martinelli Clark (b. 1996, Maryland) is a Baltimore-based artist and exhibition-maker who has shown in several group exhibitions in Maryland. He is a 2019 BFA candidate in Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). In addition to his study of painting, Clark is pursuing a concentration in Curatorial Studies. Upon acceptance into MICA, Clark was awarded a number of selective merit based scholarships including the Fanny B. Thalheimer Scholarship. Clark is a 2015 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Winner in the visual arts. Andy M. Clark's work takes the form of transdisciplinary explorations in painting, drawing, and collage. From a curatorial perspective, he is most interested in artists whose practices commit to and expand the discipline of painting.