Assemblage artist recycling discarded items into process-based sculptures and installations addressing today’s socio-political climate
Clint wants his audiences to walk away from his art knowing something new about themselves. Viewing his artwork is not meant to be a passive experience; it involves reading, deciphering, taking the initiative to engage physically and psychically with text and objects. Through the use of text, Braille, or Morse code, for example, he challenges the viewer to commit the energy it takes to decipher elements and discover it’s full meaning.
True to form, his sculptures ask audiences to become equal partners in the experience, "... good art should elicit a strong reaction in the audience, provoking them to explore the reasons why they’ve been affected.” His installation work is tactile and handmade. And, as an artist, he focuses on process and topical, issue-based content.
He usually finds his materials at local flea markets: discarded artifacts of daily living, that challenge his audience to consider the material’s previous lives to get the full meaning of a piece. He is drawn to old materials—battered globes, worn shoes, dilapidated tools— for their connotative, associative or narrative possibilities.
Clint’s parents were collectors. His father looked only for quality, without emotional influences. While his mother was undiscerning. Like his mother, he can be drawn to new objects, without a clear idea of why he is attracted to them or how they will fit into the larger scheme of his work. Like his father, he needs a moment to balance the emotional attraction with the larger picture.
As an artist, he self-taught and his skills were developed in classes at the Kansas City Art Institute; University of Texas in Arlington; Kala Institute in Berkeley; and machine shop at the Crucible in Oakland. He taught himself how to weld, how to make urethane rubber molds and cast polyester resin. His wood and metal working skills come from spending most of his high school years in the industrial arts building instead of other classes. Clint influences are also as diverse, from Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jaume Plensa to Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp.