Jake Clark (@jakeclarkjakeclark
) unveils a unique series titled Mulholland Drive, presented by Louis Buhl & Co. (@louisbuhl
) in their latest Salon Highlight.
These ashtrays came into play through experimenting with leftover bits of clay from his larger vessels, and have since become a signature of Clark’s practice. It is the first time the artist has worked in bronze, noting the experience of painting atop the surfaces was much different than with his typical use of clay; each sculpture required three to four layers of paint to achieve the desired result. The casts were pulled from a mold Clark made for a previous clay piece and were then produced at a foundry. Once the raw works were produced, he welded the cigarette butts onto the ashtrays in varying positions to lend each one a unique visual identity.
Like all of his works, the sculptures are not “perfect;” their unrefined texture reveals hints of Clark’s hand and mimics the charming but simultaneously flawed nature of Los Angeles, New York, Melbourne, and the many other cities throughout the world that ignite his colorful creations.
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