Tenth Anniversary Show:
John Clement, Mike and Ike
Invitation only: September 10th, 6 - 9 pm
Public: September 11th, 6 - 9 pm
BROOKLYN, NY - We are excited to announce that as of September 2009 Ch'i Contemporary Fine Art will officially change its name to Causey Contemporary. To commemorate our 10th year in New York the gallery will expand its existing exhibition space at 293 Grand Street. In honor of this event we will host a celebratory invitation-only reception and re-dedication ceremony on Thursday, September 10th from 6 - 9 PM. Along with artist talks by John Clement and Marc Brotherton, the event will include wine tasting, music, and an special hors d'oeuvres. On Friday, September 11th from 6 - 9 PM we will have our public reception from 6 - 9 PM, as part of the Williamsburg Gallery Association's 2nd Friday event. The exhibition will run till October 5th. For more information please call the gallery at 718.218.8939 or visit www.causeycontemporary.com.
With the expansion of our current space we are excited to offer our artists greater exhibition opportunities. For our 10th Anniversary Show we will have the opening of two solo exhibitions by John Clement and Marc Brotherton.
Clement's exhibition Mike and Ike will feature two new small scale sculptures as part of his newest series based on kid's candies. The next show in the series titled Good and Plenty will be at the artists' Houston gallery next spring. Also of interest Clement's "Jellybean" sculpture is currently on view till October 10th in Grand Rapids for the Art Prize competition opening this September. Moreover Clement has just received two pubic installations at Long Beach, California for his works "TaDa" and "Learning Curve".
From 1994 to the present, John Clement's curvilinear steel sculptures have appeared in exhibitions across the United States, Canada, China and Japan. He has permanently installed sculptures in Vancouver, Staten Island, San Francisco, Houston, Macon, Georgia, Des Moines, Delray Beach and Palm Springs. Additionally, John has participated in the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale in Canada, The Klenova Sculpture Symposium in Prague, The Czech Republic, the Ubu Sculpture Biennale in Japan, and the Zhengzhou International Sculpture Exhibition in China. Publications include The New York Times, The Hollywood Independent, The Lakeland Ledger, NY Arts Magazine.
Clement remarks that "My sculptures are three- dimensional realizations of imaginary forms. I rely heavily on the artistic process, allowing the work to evolve and mature, eventually become self- referential. Although many of my works are site -specific their form does not directly rely on the surrounding architecture or landscape. The clearly defined positive and negative space of the work, combined with its scale, creates a new framework in which the surroundings can be experienced through the sculpture.
Curvilinear forms of coiled and welded steel, tangential and intersecting, best characterize my work. I choose to work with steel and approach the material first as an artist and second as a craftsman. The success of my work does not rely upon gimmicks or trickery in the materials, but on the implied movement and strength of form of each individual piece. The bright, primary colors used to paint the work serves to bring the form of the work to the forefront, enhancing the sense of the work leaping from the ground as well as protecting the material from corrosion."