b. Los Angeles, U.S.A., 1968
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b. Los Angeles, U.S.A., 1968
I primarily make performance video pieces, but I also do what I call ‘performances for still camera’. In these I use photographic self portraits to frame real life events as performance art, which act to evince issues beyond the private. I as well work in other mediums including drawings & more. My subject matter often reference ways in which women are represented in media, culture & subculture & they can be semi-autobiographical. My current focus is on a continuing body of performance video works, that I call the Look Book series. In these pieces I perform vignettes involving, iconic, campy & idealized female characters objectified in American subculture. In many of the pieces I use the approach of directly looking into the camera as a way to create affinity between my character & the viewer, by creating ‘eye contact’. The viewer then become ‘in’ on my personal jokes & perspectives. The performances are minimalistic & set upon the polished visual language of the fashion world. In some I add motion graphics & text or other elements in post production. The final pieces act as glossy moving portraits & they hold a powerful intimacy. I display them on 56” flat screen HD monitors. I shoot & hang the works vertically & I utilize media players to keep them on indefinite loops. Simultaneously charming & repellent, personal & political, feminist & feminine, ironic & real, sacred & mundane, raw and refined, wickedly humorous & stoically serious, my works are rituals for transmutation.
I began photographing in grade school quite often turning my friends & crushes into subject matter. During the my teen years I photographed my Punk friends in a series of pregnant nude portraits shot in the subject’s personal environments. This work won me a scholarship to SFAI in 1989 while I was studying Women’s Studies as a Liberal Arts major at SFSU. I transferred & received my BFA in Photography at SFAI, while I also became involved in the Performance/Video (P/V) Department. I was accepted into SFAI’s P/V Dept for my MFA & began to exhibit my video works internationally, but all this halted when I fell seriously ill from a toxic exposure & developed a serious autoimmune disease. I documented stages of this experience in several bodies of works, framing real life events as performances. Subsequent to my decade long recovery I began again to exhibit.
I had a solo exhibition at the Hollywood nightclub Safari Sams in 2008. I screened at SF MOMA in 2010. In 2011 I showed at the 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica, was part of a screening in conjunction with the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive for their book Radical Light in San Francisco, & had a solo show California Girl a Retrospective/Debut at Krowswork Gallery in Oakland. In 2012 I screened at Chicago’s RAPID PULSE International Performance Art Festival, at Los Angeles’ Synchronicity Gallery & in San Francisco I hung a two person show at Gallery Heist, as well as screened at ATA. In 2013, I exhibited at Portland State's Gallery, was featured by Krowswork Gallery at ArtPadSF & performed with seminal SF avant-Punk Psychedelic band Chrome in Chicago, and did the album cover for their Lost Chrome Tracks release. My vocal work & compositions are part of the new 2014 Chrome album Feel It Like A Scientist & I’m working on a piece framing the real life experience of being female within the industry of Rock Industry as a piece.
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE SOLO SHOW AT KROWSWORK GALLERY
Oakland, CA 11/12-12/17
Krowswork is very pleased to present Monet Clark: California Girl - A Retrospective Debut
Featuring two decades of performance/video by Clark, this is her first solo exhibition. Interested in using art as a vehicle for transmutation for herself as well as her audience, Clark throughout her career has often framed real life events as performance art presented as video and photographs. Simultaneously charming and repellent, personal and political, feminist and feminine, ironic and real, sacred and mundane, these works embody a host of contrasts that together provide an iconographic video portrait of 21st-century California culture and this one-of-a-kind California Girl.
The retrospective features video made in the early 1990s when the artist was newly graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, in which Clark, as both director and performer, exposes herself in ways ostensibly meant to engage the (male) gaze. Yet in each of them there is a built-in revulsion, and the expectation of a purely sensual, one-sided show is soon thwarted.
The middle portion of the retrospective presents for the first time pieces made during Clark's decade-long fight against an extreme form of Environmental Illness (EI). These include a four-hour intensive piece titled 12 Frames of Isolation as well as photographic works documenting her emaciated body during the illness juxtaposed with her healthier form post-recovery.
The most recent group of works, then, provides an aesthetic and energetic catharsis. Titled the "Look Book" series, these bold yet minimal videos date from 2011 and Clark's full return to artmaking, where she is "coming out" in her newly, emergent, healthy body. The resultant pieces are sumptuously spare, raw and honest, wickedly humorous, and hold a powerful intimacy.
Read more about the exhibition and see more images and installation views here:www.krowswork.com/monetclark.html