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
Institute 193, Lexington
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.