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Krista Clark: Base Line of Appraisal

Jun 29, 2019 - Aug 24, 2019
11am - 5pm

2018/2019 Working Artist Project

This round of Working Artist Project was curated by Allison Glenn, the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

About Base Line of Appraisal

My works are inquiries into the commodification of space and the standardization of building aesthetics. I incorporate new and repurposed materials to construct familiar forms in new spatial arrangements; displaced from their accustomed sites and settings. I use formal gestures: overlapping, layering, stacking and cutting to reflect the complicated and often compromised relationship we have with our built environment. However, while celebrating the formal characteristics of these materials and structures, these works question the presumption of a universal standard of aesthetic and spatial measurement.

Base Line of Appraisal is an assembly of foundations, constructed of concrete and wood, and arranged schematically alongside structural forms and compositions. Familiar and ubiquitous building materials are positioned in a moment of pause and expectation. While honoring the materiality of our constructed landscapes, this installation reflects the potential inherent in these bare foundations and indeterminate forms, and attempts to open a space of possibility.

About Krista Clark

Krista Clark draws moments between presence and absence in the historic West End Atlanta neighborhood of Westview. As the city’s sprawl changes the landscape, Westview’s Craftsman bungalows are in constant danger of erasure. As demographics shift, families are displaced, and vibrant homes are replaced by fences, dumpsters, blue tarps, and tools for large-scale construction, if not demolished entirely.

Featured detail image: Krista Clark, Untitled, 2019, mixed media, 3’10 x 2’10. Image courtesy of the artist.

Opening Reception for Base Line of Appraisal was held on Friday, June 28th from 7-9 PM

Major funding provided by the Charles Loridans Foundation, the Antinori Foundation, and the AEC Trust, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artist Talk held Tuesday, Auguest 13, 2019 7pm

Photography by Mo Jahangir