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Santa Fe

Tansey Contemporary

Exhibition Detail
Ancient Presence
652 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501


May 3rd, 2013 - June 4th, 2013
Opening: 
May 3rd, 2013 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Untitled (Three Standing Men), Bob ClyattBob Clyatt, Untitled (Three Standing Men),
2012, Raku-fired stoneware , Approx. 23" high each
© Courtesy of the artist and JANE SAUER GALLERY
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“My work explores ancient knowledge and embodies or encodes it in my sculptures to make it available to people today. In support of this I create my sculptures using ancient materials and methods, combined of course with modern technology. The result is completely contemporary yet at root it is just earth, fire, water.”

"For me a successful sculpture is a magical object, gathering and amplifying whispers from the edges of awareness, starting a conversation between head and heart."

Bob Clyatt

Jane Sauer Gallery is pleased to present the figurative sculpture of New York artist Bob Clyatt. Using clay as his preferred medium connects Clyatt to the oldest of art-making traditions, earth, fire and water. From these humble materials he creates figures which are undeniably contemporary. The rough rather raw surface makes a nod to Expressionism. The figures capture a moment in time, a gesture, or free motion. Clyatt’s figures are not meant to be perfectly anatomically correct although he is classically trained. Instead of an academic study of the body, he states “I generally find myself using the human form as the vehicle for exploring the human condition. In the service of an idea for a piece I draw on anatomy, sculptural methods, composition and form – yet I don’t consider a piece complete until it undergoes some sort of transformation.” Clyatt says his intention is to “create some sort of fusion between the very ancient and the Now, with the idea that today’s problems can somehow get fresh solutions through re-connecting to our oldest shared human wisdom and traditions.”

Jane Sauer Gallery is pleased to present the figurative sculpture of New York artist Bob Clyatt. Using clay as his preferred medium connects Clyatt to the oldest of art-making traditions, earth, fire and water. From these humble materials he creates figures which are undeniably contemporary. The rough rather raw surface makes a nod to Expressionism. The figures capture a moment in time, a gesture, or free motion. Clyatt’s figures are not meant to be perfectly anatomically correct although he is classically trained. Instead of an academic study of the body, he states “I generally find myself using the human form as the vehicle for exploring the human condition. In the service of an idea for a piece I draw on anatomy, sculptural methods, composition and form – yet I don’t consider a piece complete until it undergoes some sort of transformation.” Clyatt says his intention is to “create some sort of fusion between the very ancient and the Now, with the idea that today’s problems can somehow get fresh solutions through re-connecting to our oldest shared human wisdom and traditions.”

Bob has received numerous commissions and awards for his figurative sculpture.  His work has been acquired by numerous private collectors, corporations and other organizations in America and Europe, and has been in included in several exhibitions in America. 


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