Kyle Paints 2012: Pt. 01 – Introduction

Over the next several months, I’m going to be putting together a body of work for my next big art show. Typically, whenever this happens, artists disconnect from the outside world and disappear into their cave for several months, only emerging once the work is complete – or the deadline has arrived (usually the latter).

For this body of work, I’m going to try something a little bit different. Rather than producing something in private, and only releasing the full finished series of work, along with a poorly written essay filled with confabulations, non-sequiturs and trendy art jargon to back it up, I’m going to pop up every week or so, pull back the curtain, and invite you into my studio. (virtual invitations only. Invitation does not extend to the physical world.) Discuss what I’ve been thinking about, explain how I see my work (note: what you get out of it may vary), I’ll talk about where I plan on taking it. But mainly, this series will be about my working process.

Not the whole working process mind you, that would be rather boring.

Who wants to watch 20 hours of me sitting and painting? Not me, and I’m the one doing it!

I’m going to try focus on the more interesting bits of the creative process .

And since this whole process is being shot and posted as it’s happening, you can have your voice heard. Feel free to chime in with a “hey, thats awesome, you’re awesome.” or a, “oh, no, don’t do that! That’s terrible!” (Hopefully I get more of the former. I like hearing nice things about me.) Not that this is some sort of attempt at interactive production process on my part, more of an open auto-documentary into my work, but I’m not closed to suggestions if you make them. Once I get the ball rolling, you might just be able to nudge it one way or another. Note: your ideas had better be pretty awesome for me to implement them.

Hopefully, this will be revealing for you, while preventing me from going stir crazy.

If you’re interested in keeping up with this whole thing, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. I’m creating a playlist specifically for this video series. “Kyle Paints 2012” so if you don’t want to see ALL the random crap I post, just pay attention to that one playlist.

So long!

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Kyle Clements

Kyle Clements is a Toronto-based artist and nerd. During his thesis at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Kyle began working on his Urban Landscapes series, a body of work that aims to capture the energy and excitement of life in the fast-paced urban environment. After graduating from OCAD in 2006, Kyle spent a year living in Asia to gather source material and experience in a different kind or urban environment. His work is vibrant and colourful. Whether painting the harsh Northern landscape, or capturing the overwhelming buzz of life in the city, his acrylic paintings hover between representation and abstraction.