R. Clint Colburn

R. Clint Colburn, Aezous Monarch, 2013, Mixed media on panel, 48 x 48 inches

R. Clint Colburn: HISTORY OF AEZOUS: ABANDON POLES
June 21 - August 24, 2013

Lexington, KY-based artist, R. Clint Colburn, uses acrylic paint, marker, ink, and ballpoint pen to build layered, richly-textured compositions on paper and poster board. Occasionally, he cannibalizes his notebooks and older drawings, incorporating them into his colorful new work. This process of collage and accumulation pushes many pieces beyond their original dimensions—compositions spill over onto other surfaces that then become part of the work as a whole.

History of Aezous: Abandon Poles emphasizes the multi-faceted, accretionary nature of these pieces. The exhibition features collages that build out into polyptychs, and a series of paintings whose subject matters spill over into stone clay busts. These small sculptures mark a new direction in the artist’s practice, but are indicative of Colburn’s impulse to erode and expand boundaries.

For Colburn, the act of art-making is a contemplative exercise, a tool for self-discovery, and a means for examining the subconscious. His meditative paintings, drawings, and sculptures are packed with dense, colorful imagery. Through obscured text and playful juxtapositions, they explore the nature of symbols and question their related associations.

R. Clint Colburn, Death Trip, 2013, Stone clay and acrylic paint, 4 x 4.5 x 4 inches 

R. Clint Colburn, Virgin Insanity/New Moon, 2013, Mixed media on panel, 48 x 48 inches 

R. Clint Colburn, Cat Brains, 2013, stone clay and acrylic paint, 5 x 4.25 x 4 inches 

R. Clint Colburn, Nothing After Earth, 2013, Mixed media on panel, 48 x 48 inches 

R. Clint Colburn, The Sun Rises On the Faces of Aezous, 2013, stone clay and acrylic paint, 5.5 x 4 x 4 inches

R. Clint Colburn, Aezous Bust (Secret Smile), 2013, stone clay and acrylic paint, 3.75 x 3.5 x 4 inches 

R. Clint Colburn, Clothing Closing, 2013, Collaged cloth on panel, 48 x 48 inches

Installation view

About the artist:

Born in 1980, Colburn attended the University of Kentucky. His work has been displayed throughout the South and Midwest, as well as in London and Los Angeles. His work was included in the group exhibition Wayward Bound, on view at Rare Gallery (NYC) in June/August 2013. He is the lead singer of the band CROSS.