History of Aezous: Abandon Poles

Institute 193 is pleased to present History of Aezous: Abandon Poles, an exhibition of new paintings, collages, and sculptural work by the Lexington-based artist R. Clint Colburn.

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 subjects matter spills 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.

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 is included in the group exhibition Wayward Bound, on view at Rare Gallery (NYC) in June 2013. He is the lead singer of the band CROSS.

See more of Colburn’s work here: http://www.rclintcolburn.com/

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