My sculptural relief work considers the status of images in an increasingly global and technological world, their proliferation and deployment reifying power and elites. My time with my mentor, James Baldwin, crystallized critical thinking about elites and I have throughout my career systematically inquired into strategies used by the 1% to position themselves vis a vis the rest of us. My response is an evolving process of uncovering some sort of human-scale plan for survival and resistance.
I have been enjoying discovering the possibilities in Relief, that ancient sculptural form which has brought us everything from the della Robbias' Madonnas or the Pergamon Altar to Assyrian temples, Egyptian tombs and every coin ever minted.
I directly sculpt a mold of each piece in clay. From this I make a single cast in a blend of super-hard plasters and white Carrara marble, taken from the same quarries where the Romans and Michelangelo got their stone. The piece reads like marble, carved to a previously unachievable level of contemporary detail.
Bob Clyatt was born in Oakland, CA and lives and works in Rye, NY and Chelsea, Manahttan. His work has been exhibited in solo shows in Santa Fe (Jane Sauer Gallery) and New York (Lower East Side-Dacia Gallery and Bushwick- Anthony Philip Fine Art) as well as group shows in Paris, Hong Kong, Italy and throughout the U.S. His sculptures are in permanent collections of the Burchfield-Penney museum in Buffalo, NY and Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia in Italy. The work has been reviewed in numerous art publications and featured in the NY Times, Wall St Journal, Fox News and other national media.
Bob Clyatt spent 8 years in formal study of sculpture, centering on his years at the Art Students League of New York, principally in the studio of Barney Hodes. As a young artist in St Paul de Vence, France in 1980, Bob stayed with James Baldwin who taught him about creating art with a human purpose.