Artist and educator Charles Clary lost both his parents in 2013, two weeks apart, to smoking-related cancers. Clary channeled his grief into his art: using hand-cut, layered paper to create intriguing formations that mimic viral colonies and concentric sound waves. Charles Clary: Infect[ious] Installations is an exhibition of works that challenge the viewer to suspend disbelief and venture into his fabricated reality.
Following his parents’ deaths, Clary became intrigued by the form and structure of disease pathogens. He began to create layered, structured “landmasses” made from recycled, discarded drywall and wallpaper. The artist’s use of drywall and discarded wallpaper reflects his recent interest in nostalgia, along with the concept of creating order from chaos, beauty from destruction and hope for more joyous times. Clary’s most recent paper installation sculptures deal with the idea that music is an intangible virus, and that its listeners are the “carriers” that spread this “disease” from one space to another.
A native of Morristown, TN, Clary now lives in Conway, SC and teaches studio art at Coastal Carolina University. His work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group shows.
The Charles Clary: Infect[ious] Installations exhibit is on display through Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Myrtle Beach Art Museum. Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit the website here.