b. Los Angeles, USA, 1968
Based in northern California, Monet Clark works in the mediums of performance/video, video art, photography, live performance, drawings, music and more. Her works are inspired by women in the media, in culture & subculture, with a post-feminist slant. They can be semi-autobiographical. She engages her viewers with a juxtaposition of binary oppositions and contrasting cultural iconographies. She is interested in the ritual aspect of art as a means for transmutation. Her pieces are raw and at the same time refined, wickedly humorous, political, and hold a powerful intimacy
She began photographing in grade school making still lifes and portraits of her peers. She won a scholarship in 1990 to the San Francisco Art Institute with a series of pregnant nude photographs of her punk rock friends. Already a junior studying Women’s Studies & Liberal Arts at San Francisco State University, she transferred to SFAI and obtained her BFA in Photography in 1993. Her work was published twice in the groundbreaking magazine On Our Backs in 1991. She started graduate school in the Performance/Video department at SFAI, in 1992. From 1993-1995 her video works were exhibited internationally including with WP8 in Koln, Germany; Gallery Rotor in Gothenburg, Sweden; the Knitting Factory and the Kitchen, in N.Y.C. (the later presented by EAI); the Amanda M. Obering Gallery of Contemporary Art, in Los Angeles; and a show curated by N.Y.C. art critic Carlo McCormick at SFAI, in San Francisco. They were selected for distribution by ArtCom.
Monet's exhibitions and graduate studies came to a halt when she fell seriously ill from a toxic exposure which lead to an neuro-immune illness. She continued to make art through the experience, framing her personal events as performances, pointing towards a global issue. After over a decade long recovery, Monet began again to exhibit.
This has included screenings for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Now Playing Series in 2010; with San Francisco Cinematheque in 2011 for Berkeley Art Museum’s book Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000; and for Chicago’s International Performance Art Festival, Rapid Pulse in 2012; as well as a group show at Santa Monica's 18th Street Art Center in 2011; a 2 person show at Gallery Heist in San Francisco 2012; and a solo show at Krowswork Gallery in Oakland, titled California Girl, A Retrospective Debut, in 2011. She co-wrote and performed vocals for 4 tracks on legendary Psychedelic-Punk band Chrome’s 2014’s release Feel It Like A Scientist, to prodigious critical acclaim, as well as designed the album cover. For 2016 she's completed a 3 woman residency and exhibition, at Krowswork Gallery in Oakland. Monet is currently working on a multi-channel performance/video ritual with media art pioneer John Sanborn, due to be unveiled in 2018 at SF Camerawork.
STRETCHER MAGAZINE, Feature: Conversations A BUNNY THING HAPPENED - A Conversation With Monet Clark by Dale Hoyt
"A minor comedic masterpiece as well as a revival of the video art landscape genre...Bunny Girl is a rock solid performative piece, with Clark in the titular role, that sets out to interlace dialogs of feminist issues and environmental activism." --Dale Hoyt
Monet will be performing live: The INTUITIVE FEMINIST on June 3rd, for First Fridays, at Krowswork Gallery in Oakland from 7-8pm. BUNNY GIRL will also be screening with the whole FATES exhibition from 5-9. Last day to view the show is June 4th 1-5pm. Using classic Feminist texts for bibliomancy, Monet will divinate for each individual who participates in the performance. Drawing on her role in THE FATES residency as THE CUTTER, for each individual she’ll be instigating the death of an old paradigm and its corresponding taboos, and the beginning of the the new. Applying her skills of intuition she’ll expound on each person’s unique divined message, with a focus on internalized sexism. Each reading will follow with a healing to balance their male/female aspects, utilizing a flower essence vibrational remedy she’s prepared specifically for the performance.
V. VALE’s RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER #150, MAY 2016 WIRED Magazine and researchpubs.com FORTHCOMING EVENTS,
Free Fri May 6th, 5-9pm Krowswork, 480 23rd St (Side Door), Oakland 94612 hosts THE FATES: Nicole Shaffer, Kally Williams, Monet Clark. krowswork.com/thefates.html
The Fates, Monet Clark’s evolving exhibition and residency at Krowswork Gallery with Kally Williams & Nicole Shaffer will run from April 22nd to June 3rd, 2016 “From Krowswork: “This exhibition/residency represents a clearing of space and an announcement of a new destiny, woven by three artists on their own terms. Each is dealing more or less directly with healing in her work: a repairing of trauma through ritualized art space and practice, a radical reimagining and re-imaging of what is possible for the natural world and our relationship to it, and a reclaiming of all parts of the female, who has historically been parted out by the patriarchal systems, into a single, powerful whole.”
“Director DALE HOYT with his lead actress MONET CLARK, at the premier of FARM ” 1/1/16. FARM is screening again this weekend January 8th, 9th, 10th at Krowswork Gallery in Oakland. Screenings start every 45 minutes, starting at the opening of each day: FRI 4-8, SAT 1-4, and closing SUN 2-4. Also this Friday, as part of the Krowsworkerwork exhibition, there is a SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY PALOMA MODUPE at 8 p.m. Be there or be square.
Premier! DALE HOYT’s experimental narrative 3D film ‘FARM’ in which MONET CLARK plays the lead role with an all art-star cast, screens January 1st, 2016 3-7 pm at Krowswork Gallery, Oakland CA “…the tragicomedy invokes gentrification as a symbol for a greater fatalistic existential crises that faces the world and every personal soul.” –Krowswork Gallery
ORANGE SKIES Sculpture Show, House on the Hill, Los Angeles, Monet Clark will be performing CALIFORNIA COOL
KCET ARTBOUND, 18th Street Arts Center Turns 25 (October, 2014)
Article highlights group show Monet Clark exhibited in curated by Richard Newton: "Important exhibitions in 18th Street's main gallery have included Richard Newton's "Have You Seen My Privacy?" in 2011, which anticipated the selfie-surveillance economy of social media and smart phones through performances and interventions in the exhibition space."
STRETCHER, ART FAIRS SF 2013
"One of Oakland's more experimental galleries, Krowswork, made strong use of their space combining projected video and physical media at different angles to create a single immersive experience. Their presentation included...striking performance videos by Monet Clark."
MOSSHOUSE, The ART FAIR in REVIEW
"I found the curatorial presentation in Oakland based video and photography gallery, Krowswork particularly interesting...with work by Monet Clark...the room [was] really dynamic, and showed the exemplary work of the artists..."
SFAQ, ARTPAD SF HIGHLIGHTS
"Oakland..is making sparks fly with their video and photography program. Krowswork is one of the most experimental spaces in Oakland pushing the digital and photographic art forms...Krowswork really did a great job at their booth this year."
CATSYNTH, Cats, Synthesizers, Music, Art, Opinion
Artfairs 2013 SF
SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY (CUNT) MK GALLERY, PSU, PORTLAND, OR curated by JENNIFER LOCKE
"Monet Clark shows up in her smart video NUDE wearing 'nude' under ware. This double cross cover up is exactly the kind of expansive obscure that suits this crowd." --Stephanie Ellis
FREAK OUT, video screening SYNCHRONICITY Gallery, Los Angeles
RADICAL LIGHT, THAT LITTLE RED DOT, CINEMATHEQUE, San Francisco
"Join us for an evening of the early works and rarities of some of the field’s major artists"
RAPID PULSE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL, CHICAGO 2012
HORSIES and HIPPIES! Monet Clark & Dale Hoyt, GALLERY HEIST, San Fransisco
ARTBUSINESS covers GALLERY HEIST SHOW
SOLO SHOW: MONET CLARK: CALIFORNIA GIRL A RETROSPECTIVE DEBUT, KROWSWORK GALLERY, Oakland, CA
"The most recent group of works, then, provides an aesthetic and energetic catharsis. Titled the "Look Book" series, these bold videos date from 2011...Set in austere, yet jewel-like environments, Clark embodies and employs the visual language of the fashion world to perform acts from the sacred to the mundane, creating moving video portraits iconographic of 21st-century California culture. The resultant pieces are sumptuously spare, raw and honest, wickedly humorous, and hold a powerful intimacy, all emanating from this one-of-a-kind California Girl.” --Krowswork Gallery
STRETCHER, MONET CLARK: CALIFORNIA GIRL at KROWSWORK
"...a remarkable show...Collectively they tell a meta-narrative but each piece is also a free standing chapter that expertly practices a narrative minimalism worthy of Linda Montano or Cindy Sherman....She plays with looking directly at the camera/viewer and yet not accusingly, as a lesser feminist artist might. It's more of a "better-not-tell" kind of look of collaboration. -Stretcher 2011
HYPERALLERGIC, THE FINE LINE BETWEEN SEXY and SICKNESS
“Tall & thin Clark easily embodies the current beauty ideal, which is part of what makes it so effective when she ruptures the continuity of the illusion which she has created…she indicts the viewer for objectifying her, but desire is a double edged sword as she is complicit in this objectification.”--Hyperallergic 2011
ART IN LIMBO, MONET CLARK at KROWSORK
“She confronts the perception of differing women characters that are perceived in our contemporary world…accompanied with irony & mockery that provide a since of truth…” --Art in Limbo Blog 2011
CINE SOURCE MAGAZINE, OAKLAND ANGLES AGAINST FILM and ART
"The Art Murmur is pointing the way with some seriously self-revealing video art, notably at the Krowswork Gallery...This month Monet Clark bares both her soul and her body, and some complex...issues... in half a dozen stunning highdef and large-displayed performance pieces."
SQUARE CYLINDER Northern California ART and MUSEUM TOP PICKS for December 2011, MONET CLARK at KROWSWORK
EAST BAY EXPRESS, PICKS, MONET CLARK, CALIFORNIA GIRL
PIPPA'S CABINET blog, Brooklyn of the West
INDYBAY.ORG, EAST BAY WOMYN, MONET CLARK, CALIFORNIA GIRL a RETROSPECTIVE DEBUT
"The retrospective features two videos 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."
PLANET THRIVE, ART SHOW DETAILING ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESS GETS GREAT PRESS
BUNNY WAX, DECEMBER ART MURMUR 2011
JULI WATSON, ARTIST EXPLORING ILLNESS/DISABILITY: MONET CLARK
"The subtitle of Clark's show California Girl (A Retrospective Debut) can be read as a symptom of the human condition. Our identities are made up of a retrospective lineage of past experiences, language and memories which our ever-changing physical body constantly debuts in the present moment."--Hyperallergic 2011
HAVE YOU SEEN MY PRIVACY, 18th STREET ART CENTER, Santa Monica, CA
Monet Clark's Butterfly's Shoe Fetish set on indefinite loop, will be exhibited as part of this group show curated by Richard Newton.
THE BEST OF WAXED LIPS: San Francisco Video & Performance Art, QUEENS NAILS GALLERY, San Francisco
SFMOMA Now Playing
Screening for SFMOMA curated by Chris Johanson: "Johanson also curates a video program documenting San Francisco performance art...from the early 1990's to the early 2000's."
EXPOSURE, A Conference Exploring Vulnerability, Outerspace, Chicago, IL
Keynote presenter performance artist Julie Laffin features Monet Clark's work exploring Mulitple Chemical Sensitivity in her presentation
PLANET THRIVE 2010, LIFE AS ART, HEALING FROM CFS, FMS, MCS,
PERFORMANCE ARTIST MONET CLARK'S INSPIRING STORY
JUST SEEDS ARTIST CO-OPERATIVE, PRETTY REVOLUTIONARY
"Karen Fiorito of Buddha Cat Press is working with Monet Clark to produce a series of silkscreens about the role of women in the recent Iranian protests."
DEMOTIX The home of World-Leading Photojournalism
IRAN ELECTION STREET ART IN LOS ANGELES
"This poster is pasted to an electrical box in Echo Park a neighborhood...[in] Los Angeles...The poster is part of a series of "Pretty Revolutionary" prints by...Karen Fiorito and Monet Clark."
HUFFPOST ARTS and CULTURE 2015, Screening Printing Survey Spans the Streets to the Sublime
Piece on Buddha Cat Press, including one image of 'Pretty Revolutionary' collaboration by Monet Clark and Karen Fiorito
BUDDHA CAT PRESS, Monet Clark's Thanka Prayer Blessing Incantation Medicine Spells
PUNK ROCK ART feat the Poisoning/Phoenix Performance Document series, benefit for George Tabb, at Safari Sam's Hollwyood, CA
Monet Clark, acting under the name Anne Dromeda, collaborated with the legendary Avant-Punk band CHROME, on their highly praised 2014 comeback album ‘Feel It Like A Scientist’. She contributed background vocals, lyrics & compositions for the tracks ‘Lady Feline’, ‘Something in the Cloud’ & ‘Prophecy’, & the lead vocal, lyrics & composition for ‘Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic’. She oversaw recording & mixing sessions, created the cover artwork & photography, and released the album on her King of Spades Records label.
Thugbrarian Review, USA
“Anne Dromeda adds an extra dimension to the songs, as she has a beautiful voice when she is singing, as well as a sinister edge when she brings the darkness.”
Heathen Harvest, USA
“Anne Dromeda provides ethereal backing vocals”
Le Canal Auditif, France
"A very successful album…especially the punk extraterrestrial propulsion of… ‘Lady Feline’, ‘Something In The Cloud’ and ‘Prophecy’.”
Hadits Habits Blogspot: A Thalamic Approach
" 'Prophecy' may predict the end of the world, but not of Chrome!"...demented choral overlays by Anne Dromeda that perfectly dement the song."
The Vinyl District, Graded on a Curve, UK
“Joining Creed is vocalist Anne Dromeda (aka conceptual/video artist Monet Clark)… “Prophecy” settles into a galloping thud thick with distorted bass, swells of keys, and a dual guitar maul. The slow fadeout on Dromeda’s distant voice provides a nice touch...A-”
WIRE Magazine, UK
“Feel It Like A Scientist adds performance/video artist Monet Clark —aka Anne Dromeda on vocals…”
“...the Chrome sound is so deformed by fantasies of cybernetic FX that it's more about musicians surrendering classic rock chops to annihilating production work than faithfully replicating any kind of historical aesthetic… Chrome are still chewing up rock 'n roll's past to regurgitate a dystopian future”
Relix Magazine, USA
“…an hour-long avant-garde spectacle…”
Orebrostad Magazine, Sweden
“...our female vocalist...the artist Monet Clark [aka Anne Dromeda]...comes from an art world background...which makes it even more beautiful and what I want, and she’s good at composing…I think I’ve found the perfect band finally...” -Helios Creed
“Creed has an excellent backing band… experimental sci-punk masterpiece…Chrome is the perfect soundtrack for the apocalypse…definitely among the best albums I’ve heard in years.”
The Quietus, UK
“Monet Clark is a performance and video artist and I haven't worked with someone with an art world background who also likes to rock since Damon [Edge]. Its rare in the rock world… She goes by Anne Dromeda in Chrome, because that name for her just downloaded into two other band members' minds simultaneously after our last recording session. I think it was a sign”. —Helios Creed
The Obelisk, USA
“Anne Dromeda takes the lead vocal on noisy rocker “Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic” however deep you want to dig, Chrome will meet you on that level…”
In the Key of Change, USA
“One song that stuck out was “UNBREAKABLE FLUORIDE LITHIUM PLASTIC”
Paraphilia Magazine, USA
“We work so spontaneously in Chrome… my current backing vocalist Monet Clark, laid down actually a lead vocal track [on Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic]...in one take. She made a masterpiece that day… She wrote the lyrics, while the band was laying down the bottom tracks. Then we put her in the vocal booth ...and she just went in and nailed it… That is how to do it!” — Helios Creed
Uncut Magazine, UK
"There’s more thuggish rock action on ‘Feel It Like A Scientist’ but songs like ‘Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic’ are scabrous and overloaded as ever: psychedelia as torched landscapes and industrial accidents”
The New Noise Magazine, France
“I love the two covers Monet made for this and ‘Half Machine from the Sun’…inspired by Chrome’s past imagery, but more sexy, which is typical of her work, but were pure Chrome at the same time...On “Prophecy” we recorded…Anne Dromeda singing in reverse throughout the song…and listen to the keyboard line that’s Anne Dromeda’s vocals on top of it...the lyrics she wrote for "Prophecy" are a mixture of various conversations that we’ve had about chem-trails…Hopi prophecies, as well as some mutual frustration about the overall state of the planet.” —Helios Creed
Punk Updates, USA
“Single “Prophecy,” was remixed and partially recorded at the historic Capitol Studios C, in Hollywood, CA, with additional vocals by Anne Dromeda and guitar work by Helios Creed...The music for "Feel It Like A Scientist" is composed by Creed and the whole band, with lyrics by Creed, Anne Dromeda and Tommy Grenas, and features one track with lyrics by the late Damon Edge”.
Shindig! Space Rock Special, UK
'Prophecy' is the first single from the album & to call it a monster would be an understatement… The song ROCKS hard in space, sporting a catchy riff, killer blazing dual guitars, & haunting keys & backing vocals…”
SF Weekly, USA
“Prophecy’ is satisfying enough to remind you what you liked about industrial music in the first place".
CVLT Nation, USA
“…the most thrilling brand of Chrome’s music since the passing of Damon Edge…captures the core of Chrome’s sound with all its rawness and experimentality - it’s all there with a touch of fresh ideas, like female background vocals.”
Freq Magazine, UK
“..this is an essential piece of music for the twenty-first century.”
La Pelle Muta, Italy
"Chrome captained by Helios Creed, with Tommy Grenas: keyboards-Aleph Omega: drums-Keith t. Jeffries: guitar-Monet Clark: vocals-Lux Vibratus and Steve Fishman ' Trash': -bass...the ghost of Burroughs hovers in the song 'Prophecy' and who better than him to describe their world?...This disc is already in my top 10 of 2014."
Dunce Magazine, USA
"I really love how the record sounds with Anne Dromeda’s vocals on it, she’s got it. Without that touch it definitely would not be as great …she tops off the record with a cap of coolness… when she recorded ‘Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic’...she just went and did that in one take, it was incredible like watching a show…and her background vocals on other tracks…added a much needed female energy that completed the record, without that it would have been too male. We have a magical group." —Helios Creed
"Prophecy has stellar ominously dark tones in a new metal style... Lady Feline is a grunge android - with crazy wah-wah petal and a swirl of distorted background vocals... Solid guitar riffs are the basis of the experimental ‘’Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic’’, a sort of nervous breakdown-style free jazz from space around a single metal riff…"
Psychotropiczone Blogspot, Finland
"This album is really strong throughout... The songs are well crafted and after the first amazement you start to notice some pretty clever, catchy melodies as well..."
Paraphilia Magazine, USA
"...The sinister overtones of his grinding vox is countered by the helium-filled backing vocals on the bicker rock thud of 'Lady Feline.' The only other bands that could possibly pull off a track like this are Melvins and Butthole Surfers, but of course, Chrome were there first by quite some margin (and the latter have openly cited Chrome, not surprisingly, as an influence on their crazed take on the 'rock' sound)....spaced-out synth weirdness collides with frenetic percussion and gritty guitars on the robotix metal of 'Something in the Clouds,' which actually boasts a fair hook, too."
Slam Magazine, Germany
“…You'll get a full acid trip by Helios Creed and his bandmates... But there is more then long guitar riff distortions, much more music which sounds like actual songs. With the quality of the work, you get to understand why it took 2 years to make.”
UK's Freq Magazine
“ “Lady Feline”— a big heavy groove number that smashes through the cosmic void and gives us an idea of what it would to be stuck in a William Gibson novel. “Something In The Cloud” gives a Gary Numan -style keyboard lead over a wonderful forthright backing and the vocals are, of course, so suitably out there enough that they sound as if they are being beamed down from the space station. "Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic” has a mega riff, and I mean the type that could destroy buildings with laser eyes. The vocals are almost punk-like as they scream at the sky…”
“…’Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic’…experimental fury, like interpretations of Black Flag post 'Damaged’… One of the best works of this year!”
Jersey Beat, USA
“Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic” is a pretty awesome one..."
The Quietus, UK
"There are moments of spatial elegance herein, as on the crooning glide of the single 'Prophecy', which sounds like Scott Walker disassembled for interplanetary travel in the manner of Cordwainer Smith's visionary sci-fi novel Norstrilia, and backed by a lounge-dwelling Monster Magnet."
Broadway World Music, USA
“"Prophecy"...reinforces the classic Chrome approach. Over a distant recording of what could be the last words of Hassan-I Sabbah as channeled by William Burroughs, Chrome tear into backwards phasing and reverse tape strategies before an uncanny unveiling of a narcotic, stripped-down rockabilly performance by Creed. Lt reformulates rock via cut-up techniques and collage not as a hopeful nostalgia for the future (in the words of Brian Eno) but as an apocalyptic longing to bring the future to an end... Chrome's organic/metallic dynamic remains Ballardian, fully eroticised."Lady Feline" matches a sleazy Stooges style riff and a vocal filled with dark sexual vibrato with a production style that takes the illogical, exaggerated approach of David Bowie's Raw Power mix and rethinks it as a deliberate experiment in tone science. Wailing wah-wah leads are pushed to the point of air raid sirens, and solos explode like depth charges. The title of "Something In The Cloud" suggests another attempt to waylay the future by second guessing it. It sounds more like a foreign country than the past, even as synth parts that match the remote emotional appeal of The Human League circa "Life Kills" instigate a connection with romantic memories of 1980s teenagedom. Think The Buggies' 1979 single "Video Killed The Radio Star" restaged as a hit by bounty hunters from the future. "Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic" is a heavy metal love song to the structural possibilities of inorganic compounds... Chrome set the blueprint for a crude cyberpunk take on rock 'n' roll..” --WIRE Magazine
Seattle PI, USA
"Prophecy" is a monster, like the soundtrack to a '60s sci-fi flick that was too frightening to be released… "Unbreakable Lithium" is science fiction gone awry, and combines an overwhelming feedback roar with the heaviest prog this side of Magma. ..it is a welcome event to hear the group still sounding so fresh and majestically strange today.”
Bad Sounds Magazine, Sweden
“their new single “Prophecy”... It’s an epic Sgt. Peppers meets Punk Rock track likened to classic Chrome, but with bigger production.”.
Heavy Metal Time Machine Blogspot, USA
"Forgive me father for I have sinned. I've gone and sold my soul to Chrome. Not that I had much choice. All it took was one play of the group's long-overdo new album…and I was done for! One play. Just one play. That's the power of "Feel It Like A Scientist”...as close to greatness as one can come!..."
"Feel It Like A Scientist" has all the appeal of those tape-trading days while finding Creed and company (vocalist Anne Dromeda, guitarist Keith Thompson, bassists Lux Vibratus and Steve Fishman, synthesist Tommy Grenas and drummer Aleph Omega) moving onward and upward with style and class! "...there are numerous occasions through-out "Feel It Like A Scientist" that almost feel like singles... modern society is in desperate need of Chrome!"
Soft Bodies Blog, UK
"This is Chrome. Chrome never sat still, never rested on their laurels. They kept going, kept evolving. That's what they've done since year zero and that's what they're doing now. And the result is the strongest album they've done in years…This feels like a group effort. A band rather than just a would be visionary and some hired hands...”
Wall Street Sheet, Save Time Know Everything, 8 New Albums From August That Hit The Right Notes:
“Critics are saying that Creed has kept the band close to Damon’s vision while continuing to grow. ‘Scientist’ is an excellent showcase of everything that made Chrome great, and continues to make Chrome great".
“On ‘Feel It Like A Scientist’, Creed recruited a new lineup of musicians, including singer Anne Dromeda, guitarist Keith Thompson, drummer Aleph Omega, bassists Vibratus Lux and Steve "Trash" Fishman and synthesist Tommy Greñas... ”
Record Collector, UK
“Creed has been recording with a kick-ass band...This latest installment in the Chrome saga is remarkable...This Chrome hasn’t lost its shine.”
Jungle World, Germany
" 'Feel It Like A Scientist', the new album...with Creed and now five other musicians is actually a celebration of strangeness...."
"Helios Creed surrounds himself with a circle of impeccable musicians…and creates an ideal continuation..."
Wicked Spins Radio Blog, UK
“We have newer members working with us... Monet Clark the performance artist (aka Anne Dromeda) who sings and is great at composing and brings this conceptual energy…much like Damon...The album is coming out in April and its how I’ve always wanted Chrome to sound! Its what I always imagined Chrome could be post Damon ya know. I’ve been able to take it to the next level.” —Helios Creed
Dangerous Minds, Live stream of 'Prophecy 'and review, USA
"I have to agree—this feels music like 'the next level'...this stuff is worthy".
Acoustic Music, USA
“One of their absolute best…maybe even #1.”
Dangerous Minds, USA
“It’s really goddamn good”
Scott Colburn Blog, Audio Wizardry, USA
"Brilliant…Genius…Album of the Year! I can’t get it off my turntable!"
No Compromise Webzine, France
“In short its a real gem.”
Der Bund Newspaper, Switzerland
"Feel It Like a Scientist" is hot!:"
Foreign Accents (experimental music blog), USA
"This is a reunion album to be reckoned with."
I-94 Bar, Austraila
"You need [Feel It Like A Scientist] in your ears, in your gut, in your cells, parasites and in your fucking dna”.
New Underground Music Blogspot, Holland
‘Feel It Like A Scientist' stands full of delicious songs"
“This album has real class!.”
Artorarsedistro Blogspot, Sweden
"a great CHROME album,".
Toby Mearing Radio Show Blog, UK
"this is fantastic!"
"you will love this one."
Psychedelic Trailmix, USA
"Killer record from start to finish."
Magnet Magazine, USA
"...few of Creed's peers pursue songs and sounds this blazingly epic and weirdly experimental….”
“LEGENDARY LEGENDS, Chrome, the mythical avant-acid-experimental outfit recently relaunched by guitarist Helios Creed, drift off into the inner vibrations of soundgasm sorcery on ‘Feel It Like a Scientist."
Punk News, USA
“Feel It like a Scientist" is something of a contradiction. Without a doubt, it's one of Creed's darkest works….But, despite the pontifications found herein, such as being destroyed by giants, sex droids, cat women, and tales of slave planets, the band stops to have fun here and there. "Brady the Chicken Boy" is a minute diversion packed with ridiculously funny clucking… Long time fans will eat this up…maybe the rest of society will catch up on this release as well.”
Cold Turkey, UK
“…this album still sounds ahead of its time.”
Blurt Magazine, USA
"...nobody has ever really sounded like Chrome, but Chrome and that makes 'Feel It Like a Scientist' sound as fresh now as it did back in the old days."
Rocktober Reviews Blogspot, USA
"post-futuristic... savage, funny, beautiful and wildly weird."
Humo Negro, Spain
"...Chrome again reformed and the band is now composed of Helios Creed and Anne Dromeda(vocals), Keith Thompson (guitar), Aleph Omega (drums), Lux Vibratus and Steve "Trash" Fishman (bass) and Tommy Greñas (synthesizers ). It is this line up of Chrome that is delivering the latest album, by this legendary group which has made experimentation its emblem."
All Music, Noise Album Highlights and Noise Artists Highlights, USA
“Striking return to form for these industrial/cyberpunk pioneers, who have maintained an impressive level of bracing weirdness".
KLFM Radio Reviews, Croatia
“After nearly forty years... [Chrome] still have not lost their freshness and originality."
Under the Radar, USA
Adopte un Disque, France
“Its demanding and complex...travel to uncharted musical regions.”
"Creed’s new line up returns feedback, static, B-movie nippers and power electronics to the robo-drone root of Wax Trax!, Voivod and the Butthole Surfers…”
Classic Rock Magazine and Team Rock Magazine, USA
“Latest album from San Francisco Tech-Metallers…Technology that once was undreamt of and a slickness that comes with age and experience, sees them settle into their own groove on ‘Feel It Like A Scientist’ ."
WFMU Radio, USA
“The Sci-Fi Stooges"
Radio One Berlin, Germany
“This is Sci Fi. I can see this in a new Blade Runner movie”
All Music, USA
"Like the sci-fi warriors they always wanted to be, Chrome were a band that never seemed to fit in with the times... Almost 40 years after they released their first album, Chrome thankfully still sound like interstellar oddballs... as bracingly weird as ever...as strong as ever..”.
"sounding as barreling and punishing as they ever have."
Consequence of Sound live stream debut, USA
“Chrome demonstrate that even after nearly 40 years and countless lineup changes, their hunger and curiosity remain just as savage as when the project first began”.
Stage and Reptiles, Germany
“Conclusion…This album proves that Chrome’s new and veteran comrades to Helios Creed, harmonize so perfectly with each other that the new album truly need not fear comparison with the old battleships of the Creed/Edge era. A great album!”
Baby Sue Review, USA
“Sixteen cool tracks that prove Chrome is just as relevant today, if not more so, than ever before."
The 13th Magazine, Argentina
“All of the band’s power, is taken to a contemporary matrix.”
http://issuu.com/revistathe13th/docs/the13th_numero_11 page 119-120
The Big Take Over, USA
”Helios Creed has delivered an album under the Chrome moniker that…rises as a high point in his entire career as a solo artist.”
Punk News, Full feature interview and review, USA
“Why have you gotten darker and wilder as you've aged, while most artists get calmer?”
3Voor12 Zuid, Holland
“ ‘Feel it Like A Scientist’ (2014) ...proved that Chrome is far from depreciated.”
Ruta 66, Spain
"The Chrome repertoire...has one of the sharpest inventories of psychedelia, minimalist noise, and high energy music...known as the alien bastion of American Punk... this record brings a new sheen to Helios, Chrome's sulphuric guitarist, and definitely fits into the Chrome saga..."
Onda Rock, Italy
“…the magic [is] renewed…one of the most important names in American underground rock .”
Ergo Felix Culpa Blogspot, Argentina
"Chrome overwhelming returns with a new album 'Feel It Like A Scientist'...This album is a masterful handling of Chrome's iconoclastic acidity... its a manifesto of the permanence of the Underground"
Vintage Vinyl News, USA
‘Feel It Like A Scientist’ makes the top ten list of new releases by a veteran artist
Punk News, USA
'Feel It Like A Scientist' is on the STAFF PICKS List, under best new music
The Big Takeover, USA
'Feel It Like A Scientist' is on the top 10 for June 2014
Fast ’n’ Bulbous, USA
'Feel It Like A Scientist' is on the top 20 Avant Rock and Pop list 2014, Year End Summary
'Feel It Like A Scientist' is #2 on top 10 Albums of 2014 list
Ari Wilson’s Blogspot
'Feel It Like A Scientist' makes the top albums of 2014 list
Scott Colburn Blog, Audio Wizardry Top Albums of 2014, USA
"The great Micro Synth’d guitars, the fucked up vocal effects and the pure psychedelic damage makes this a top album this year. Chrome sounds like strychnine."
PRESS for CHROME'S 2014 release Feel It Like A Scienitst:
(Collaborating as ANNE DROMEDA specifically on compositions and vocal work for the songs, “Prophecy”, “Lady Feline”, “Something in the Cloud”, “Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic", and “Nephilims (Help Me!)”; producer for the entire project as label owner of King of Spades Records Inc.; band photographer; album cover art)
UK’s, The Quietus Magazine 6/14 “Monet Clark is a performance and video artist and I haven't worked with someone with an art world background who also likes to rock since Damon. Its rare in the rock world and I really appreciate having that influence back in the mix. She goes by Anne Dromeda in Chrome, because that name for her just downloaded into two other band members' minds simultaneously after our last recording session. I think it was a sign”. —Helios Creed
“Feel It Like A Scientist” manages to pull off the neat trick of mainlining the bizarre Chrome magick of yore without coming across as some Pixies-esque pastiche of the band's greatest era. Decadent and deranged, yet possessed of a sleek, unearthly allure and refined for a still more confusing new age, it's possibly the most welcome and fitting comeback album from a veteran avant garde artist since Celtic Frost's tumultuous Monotheist hit the racks in 2006". —Jimmy Martin June 4th, 2014 http://thequietus.com/articles/15284-chrome-interview-helios-creed
France’s, The New NOISE Magazine 6/14 “I met Monet in the 80’s in San Francisco, when she was still a teen. She took photos of me for Amphetamine Reptile (NDR: Many solo albums by Creed came out of AmRep) in the 90’s, but we didn’t start to make music together till 2012, after she asked me to participate in one of her performance video art pieces. I was already appreciative of her work from her incredible performance video solo show at her gallery called KROWSWORK in Oakland! Her work can be seen in the internet. She really is a great artist. I was so blown away by her talent and timing that I wanted her to participate in Chrome. She gives us a conceptual-art energy similar to Damon’s. For the project, she becomes Anne Dromeda…”
“I love the two covers she made for this and Half Machine from the Sun (Editor's note: The Lost Tracks from Chrome '79-'80). They was inspired by the work of Damon, and Chrome’s historical imagery, which she referenced and made it more sexy. This is both typical of the work of Monet and pure real Chrome at the same time. We only got compliments from our fans”.
"Prophecy”…Everyone in the group seemed to love it. I think it set the tone of the album serving as a model, because we all wanted each song to sound as good. I worked on "Prophecy" before the group joined me in studio to record the bottom tracks. Tommy Grenas composed the line of keyboards, which was inspiring. Then we recorded the top tracks, such as Anne Dromeda singing in reverse through the song. We then added other vocals and the guitar during the mixing session at Capitol Studios. Listen closely to the keyboard line that’s Anne Dromeda’s vocals on top of it. This song has gone through a lot of phases; the most of all the songs.”
“I know Anne Dromeda draws on her own life for her video work and she did the same for her words on the new album. But those she wrote for "Prophecy" are a mixture of various conversations that we had about Annunaki (Editor’s note: Anunanki : gods of Mesopotamian mythology) and chemical trails (Editor’s note: chemtrails). She added some Hopi prophecies as well as some mutual frustration about the overall state of the planet.” —-Helios Creed
UK’s Record Collector Magazine 7/14“…This latest installment in the Chrome saga is remarkable”. —Ian Shirley http://recordcollectormag.com/reviews/feel-like-scientist
USA’s, Thugbrarian Review 7/14 “Anne Dromeda adds and extra dimension to the songs and she has a beautiful voice when she is singing as well as a sinister edge when she brings the darkness” —Thugbrarian Review http://thugbrarianreview.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/thugbrarian-set-list-chromefeel-it-like-a-scientist/
Holy Grail from Hell 5/14 “...the most thrilling brand of Chrome’s music since the passing of Damon Edge. The brand new line up consists of: …Anne Dromeda (background vocals)… the re-formed ensemble captures the core of Chrome’s sound as old-school, genuine, and with all its rawness and experimentality - it’s all there with a touch of fresh ideas, like female background vocals.” —Ari Wilson http://ariwilson14.blogspot.com/
UK's, WIRE Magazine “Which brings us to the new Chrome… "Feel It Like A Scientist” adds…performance/video artist Monet Clark —aka Anne Dromeda —on vocals…The first single from the album is titled ‘Prophecy’…over a distant recording…channelled by Willaim Burroughs, Chrome tear into backwards phasing and reverse tape strategies before an uncanny unveiling of a narcotic, stripped down rockabilly performance…It reformulates rock via cut-up techniques and collage not as a hopeful nostalgia for the future (in the words of Brian Eno) but as an apocalyptic longing to bring the future to an end…Chrome’s organic/metallic dynamic remains Ballardian, fully eroticized. “Lady Feline” matches a sleazy Stooges-style riff and a vocal filled with dark sexual vibrato with a production style that takes the illogical, exaggerated approach of David Bowies Raw Power mix and rethinks it as a deliberate experiment in tone science. Wailing wah-wah leads are pushed to the point of sir raid sirens, and solos explode like depth charges…The title of “Something in the Cloud” suggests another attempt to waylay the future by second guessing it. It sounds more like a foreign country than the past, even as synth parts that match the remote emotion appeal of The Human League circa “Life Kills’ instigate a connection with romantic memories of 1980’s teenaged. Think The Buggles’ 1979 single “Video Killed the Radio Star” restaged as a hit by bounty hunters from the future. “Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic” is a heavy metal love song to the structural possibilities of inorganic compounds, complete with erotic auto-suggestive loop: “You’re hot sticky your skin feels rough and chafed”…Now into their fourth decade, Chrome are still chewing up rock 'n roll's past to regurgitate a dystopian future"”
UK’s Wicked Spins Radio Blog 5/14 “We have newer members working with us Monet Clark the performance artist (aka Anne Dromeda) who sings and is great at composing and brings this conceptual energy to the mix much like Damon..The album is coming out in April and its how I’ve always wanted Chrome to sound! Its what I always imagined Chrome could be post Damon ya know. I’ve been able to take it to the next level.” —Helios Creed http://wickedspinsradio.org/wsr2012...
USA's Dunce Magazine 8/14 "And I really love how the record sounds with Anne Dromeda’s vocals on it, she’s got it. Without that touch it definitely would not be as great of a record, she tops off the record with a cap of coolness. I love her vocals their one of kind, they fit the vibe of the band really well. I was really surprised when she recorded ‘Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic’. I was sitting in the studio and she just went and did that in one take, it was incredible like watching a show. I love that song and her background vocals on other tracks at the beginning of the record. They added a much needed female energy, that completed the record, without that it would have been too male. We have a magical group." —Helios Creed http://duncemagazine.com/2014/08/07/qafeatured-artist-chrome/
UK's, Soft Bodies 5/14 "This is Chrome. Chrome never sat still, never rested on their laurels. They kept going, kept evolving. That's what they've done since year zero and that's what they're doing now. And the result is the strongest album they've done in years…Helios Creed might be directing the ship, but this feels like a group effort. A band rather than just a would be visionary and some hired hands." http://www.softbodiesrecords.co.uk/blog/125-review-chrome-feel-it-like-a-scientist
USA’s, Hellhound Music 5/14 “The music for 'Feel It Like A Scientist' is composed by Creed and the whole band, with lyrics by Creed, Anne Dromeda and Tommy Grenas, and features one track with lyrics by the late Damon Edge…Commencement of recording sessions for 'Feel It Like A Scientist began in 2012 with the addition of guitarist Lou Minatti (aka Keith Thompson) and vocalist Anne Dromeda (aka Monet Clark who is also a noted conceptual and performance/video artist http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/9096-monet-clark)… In Helios Creed’s own words from 2014 interviews: “I have the best band put together, finally.” http://www.hellhoundmusic.com/avant-punks-chrome-to-release-feel-it-like-a-scientist-aug-5-on-king-of-spades-records/
USA’s, Tiny Mixed Tapes “Now it’s 2014, and Creed has put together a whole new Chrome lineup and recorded a brand-new full-length. Entitled, Feel It Like a Scientist …the album began coming together back in 2012 with the addition of… and vocalist Anne Dromeda (a.k.a. Monet Clark). The album was composed by Chrome’s current iteration, featuring Creed, Minatti, Dromeda, Aleph Omega, and Tommy Grenas….“ http://www.tinymixtapes.com/news/ch...
USA's, Paraphilia Magazine 5/2014 “We work so spontaneously in Chrome we don’t always remember what we’ve recorded and I’m having that situation now where my current backing vocalist Monet Clark, laid down actually a lead vocal track on our new album, that she just told me last night she can’t quite recall how it goes because see she did it in one take on the fly. She made a masterpiece that day… She wrote the lyrics, while the band was laying down the bottom tracks. Then put her in the vocal booth and recorded her top track and she just went in and nailed it in one take. That is how to do it!”
So this new album I’m talking about is actually Chrome’s most recent album… 'Feel It Like A Scientist'. … It couldn’t have happened without each of the members that are with me right now. I haven’t felt this kind of chemistry with a group since Damon and I added John and Hillary to our line up to play live. It is also magical….Tommy like Monet is another creative genius in many aspects. He also helps in composing the melodies for the choruses of songs etc. …Monet aka Anne Dromida is performance/video artist and she brings this art element to the mix much like Damon’s energy, which I’m just into. Plus she can sing! I knew her for years, but we never worked together until she had me guest in one of her video pieces where she did vocal work. I was blown away with her performance that day, so I invited her to do some work with Chrome… We go into the studio and just write and create on the spot and what we’ve come up with in those sessions is the alchemical process that makes gold. I can’t tell you enough how pleased I am with the chemistry of this band.” —Helios Creed http://www.paraphiliamagazine.com/periodical/third-times-the-charm-a-digital-qa-with-acid-punk-pioneer-helios-creed
UK's The Vinyl District 8/14 “On this latest effort, Creed has assembled a distinct lineup of old and new names. Joining Creed, …vocalist Anne Dromeda (aka conceptual/video artist Monet Clark)…After an extended passage of twisted shape-shifting psych, “Prophecy” settles into a galloping thud thick with distorted bass, swells of keys, and a dual guitar maul. The slow fadeout on Dromeda’s distant voice provides a nice touch…the spacey chugging of “Lady Feline,” the environment…further explored on “Something in the Cloud” through a beat so insistent it becomes legitimately infectious.…And “Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic” sounds just a bit like young Pink Floyd if they’d chosen to Hail Satan, the singing recalling not Syd but John Lydon. It ends with a loop of advertising-speak curdling into the ominous…” http://www.thevinyldistrict.com/storefront/2014/08/graded-on-a-curve-chrome-feel-it-like-a-scientist/
Sweden's Orebrostad Magazine 6/14 “I’m always trying to invent new forms of music. I think I’ve found the perfect band finally and I’ve been saying that. I like the unique way our female vocalist sings, the artist Monet Clark. She comes from an art world background vs a music background which makes it even more beautiful and what I want, and she’s good at composing”. -Helios Creed 5/2014 Orebrostad.se A portal monitoring Örebro's entertainment and cultural scene! http://www.orebrostad.se/hem/chrome-intervju-med-helios-creed/
USA’s, Jersey Beat 8/14 “Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic” is a pretty awesome one..." http://www.jerseybeat.com/paulsilver.html"
USA’s, In the Key of Life 8/14 “One song that stuck out in a positive way was “UNBREAKABLE FLUORIDE LITHIUM PLASTIC” http://www.inthekeyofchange.com/#!chrome--feel-it-like-a-scientist/c1ntm
USA’s, Pittsburg In Tune 8/14 “There are some nice moments to be found…tasty nuggets like “Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic”…If you like your music on the more experimental/avant-garde side, “Feel It Like a Scientist” might be worth a spin or two.” —Jeffrey Sisk http://pghintune.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/avant-punk-icons-chrome-could-have-used-judicious-editing-on-latest-slab-feel-it-like-a-scientist/
Finland's, Psychotropiczone Blogspot, 6/14 "This album is really strong throughout...The songs are well crafted and after the first amazement you start to notice some pretty clever, catchy melodies" http://psychotropiczone.blogspot.fi/2014/05/chrome-feel-it-like-scientist.html
UK's, Shindig Spacerock special 4/14 “Prophecy' is the first single from the album [Feel It Like A Scientist] & to call it a monster would be an understatement. The spirit of classic Chrome is intact, without being a retro rehash of days gone by. The song ROCKS hard… sporting a catchy riff, killer blazing dual guitars, & haunting keys & backing vocals....If the rest of the album is as good as 'Prophecy', this edition of Chrome is sure to make a splash in the post-millennium spacerock world’. —Jerry Kranitz
USA's, Rocktober Reviews Blogspot 7/14 "savage, funny, beautiful and wildly weird." http://roctoberreviews.blogspot.com/2014/01/chrome-half-machine-from-sun-lost.html
USA's, Paraphilia Magazine 8/14 “…a challenging and exhilarating work." http://www.paraphiliamagazine.com/periodical/chrome-feel-it-like-a-scientist/
France’s, Le Canal Auditif, 8/14 "A very successful album…especially the punk extraterrestrial propulsion of…Lady Feline, Something In The Cloud and Prophecy.” http://lecanalauditif.ca/chrome-feel-like-scientist/
USA's, Heavy Metal Time Machine Blogspot 8/14 "That's the power of "Feel It Like A Scientist”...as close to greatness as one can come!" http://metalmark.blogspot.com/2014/08/chrome-feel-it-like-scientist.html
USA's, Dangerous Minds "...this stuff is worthy". http://dangerousminds.net/comments/stream_the_new_chrome_song_exclusively_on_dangerous_minds
USA’s, Relix Magazine “an hour-long avant-garde spectacle…Creed remains a potent noisemaker, leading a nimble band through their freak-show paces.…” http://www.relix.com/reviews/detail/chrome_feel_it_like_a_scientist
Spain’s, Ruta Rock Magazine “Chrome shows that even after almost 40 years and countless lineup changes, their hunger and curiosity are still as wild as when the project began".http://www.rutarock.com/2014/07/escucha-el-primer-disco-en-12-anos-de-chrome-con-feel-it-like-a-scientist/
Italy's, Sentirecoltair 6/14 "Creed has achieved the goal of evolving the mythological sound of the early albums of this Californian group, making the new work current and listenable in the present, but at the same time true to the style of mutant creature that was the band...The initial 'Nephilims! Help Me' has a riff that attacks stoogesiano, with icy synth inserts and a voice shouted in a new metal style. 'Prophecy' switches to ominously stellar dark metal tones...with 'Lady Feline' we find a grunge android between a crazy wah-wah riff and a swirl of distorted background vocals…Solid guitar riffs are the basis of the experimental 'Unbreakable Fluoride Lithium Plastic', a sort of nervous breakdown-style free jazz from space around a single metal riff…a good result". —Thomas Iannini http://sentireascoltare.com/recensioni/chrome-feel-it-like-a-scientist/
Austrailia’s, I-94Bar “Nephilims (Help Me!) Ten seconds in and you’re dancing…Welcome back Chrome. Prophecy This is the single. And it takes off like you wouldn’t believe. Long slow monstrous introduction, demons playing in traffic, and then…well, fuck that vocal drags these bleeding slabs of guitar along. If the real world were real then MTV would come a-knocking, awed and acrying. I’ve been to too many festivals, seen too much ordinary posturing on the big stage. Chrome slay you. Lady Feline Another of those kick-you-in-the-head dance-or-die anthems Chrome seem to specialise in. Again, there’s just so much going on here you can hear the - hang on, just what is that anyway? Something in the Cloud Air of helplessness pervades this one, sad. Definitely the most Edge-like of the songs so far, it may as well be a memorial….You need this in your ears, in your gut, in your cells, parasites and in your fucking dna.” —Robert Brokenmouth
USA’s, Punk News 8/14“[Feel It Like A Scientist] is one of [Chrome’s] darkest, meanest releases to date.” http://www.punknews.org/article/55602/interviews-helios-creed-chrome
San Francisco, USA's SF Weekly 7/14"...satisfying enough to remind you what you liked about industrial music in the first place". —Ian S.Port http://blogs.sfweekly.com/shookdown/2014/06/sf_industro-punks_chrome_retur.php
France's, No Compro Blogspot “a real gem” —Hans Cany http://no-compro.blogspot.fr/2014/05/chrome-feel-it-like-scientist-2014.html
Germany's, PowerMetal.de 8/14 "This album has real class!...'" http://powermetal.de/review/review-Chrome/Feel_It_Like_A_Scientist,24475.html
Germany's, Slam Magazine 8/14 "...You'll get a full acid trip by Helios Creed and his bandmates…With the quality of the work, you get to understand why it took 2 years to make…”
Argentina's, Ergo Felix Culpa Blogspot 7/14 "Chrome overwhelming returns with a new album 'Feel It Like A Scientist'...a manifesto of the permanence of the Underground" http://ergofelixculpa.blogspot.mx/2014/07/nueva-entrega-de-avangarde-punk-chrome.html
USA, All Music Review “…2014's ‘Feel It Like a Scientist ‘is a remarkably effective evocation of the sound and style of Chrome's late-'70s albums…This new edition of Chrome does have an aural fingerprint of its own…it generates a palpable excitement…” —Mark Deming:" http://www.allmusic.com/album/feel-it-like-a-scientist-mw0002683128
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE SOLO SHOW AT KROWSWORK GALLERY
Oakland, CA 11/12-12/17 2011
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