Clay Lipsky is an artist that sneaks up on you. Someone that is multitalented, and quiet about it. It is never about him. It’s about the work. You see the work, you like it, you say – whose work is that? Once you attach the name to the work to the face, you never forget it.
I saw Clay’s work for the first time in one of the gallery’s New Directions exhibition. It was a poem to California, bleached sunshine and beautiful women. Illuminated was the title and it lived up to it. The prints were glowing. Ann Jastrab selected them as part of ND13. When Clay met with Ann & I before the reception, he was showing another body of work, Atomic Overlook. Ann & I fought over his book. We both knew this was a great series. (Ann won the book). I never forgot the series, and this year I was excited to showcase the series as part of our Internal Ballistics exhibition with Deborah Bay & Sabine Pearlman.
Enough about the past – I want to talk about the present. LAndlines is the newest work from Clay, and his print is on the wall as part of Structure. Clay’s vision re-envisions the concrete jungle of Los Angeles’ freeways and overpasses into graceful arching monoliths. Concrete becomes fluid, transitory. Clay has created a video with music by Daedalus and we are thrilled to have it’s debut in the gallery.
Clay will be in the gallery on June 14th for our Structure Artist Reception between 2 – 4 pm. We have his print on the wall, the video on the TV, and the artist in the gallery. I promise you will not be disappointed.
LAndlines No. 1
A complex labyrinth of concrete and steel defines the manufactured landscape of the modern metropolis. LANDLINES is a visual survey of these skeletal “bones” that form a city, in this case the ever expansive Los Angeles. Slices of light shine through epic structures while power lines weave a sprawling web that binds it all together. These utilitarian constructs are often overlooked but are essential to the transmission of traffic, energy and people, the lifeblood of the city. This series seeks to feature the beauty of this complicated urban geometry that silently serves generations of city dwellers.
Landlines No. 5
About Clay Lipsky –
Clay Lipsky is a fine art photographer and Emmy Award winning graphic designer based in Los Angeles. He has applied his unique visual style across a variety of mediums, from print and multimedia to TV and film. Despite his varied interests, photography has always been a part of Clay’s life. Recently, he has experienced a new-found interest with the medium and is now passionately focused on pursuing photography as fine art, free from clients and limitless in creative possibilities. Clay is self-taught and strives to create images that can stand the test of time. His photos have been exhibited in various group shows, including those at the Annenberg Space for Photography , Lishui Photo Festival (China), MOPLA, Pink Art Fair Seoul (Korea), Ballarat Foto Bienalle (Australia) and Impossible Project Spaces in NYC & Warsaw, Poland. Clay has been published internationally in print and online, most notably with Esquire Russia, Wired Italia, Fraction, Square, Lenscratch, Diffusion, i-ref, Daily News (UK), Yahoo! Lifestyle (Germany), La Republica (Italy), Libération (France), Shots & um[laut] Magazines.
to see more of Clay’s work, log onto his website
. dig in and enjoy this talented artist.
Landlines No. 4