Corky Clairmont

The Place We Live
March 25 - April 20, 2011

Clairmont Transparent Tipi

Artist's Statement

Corky Clairmont, a member of Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation finds inspiration in his identity. Working as a conceptual and installation artist he challenges the viewer to consider alternative ways of looking at the world.

His early work was inspired by the German performance artist Joseph Beuys. And while Clairmont’s work is politically charged it is also gently humorous, and subtly subversive. In essence he becomes the coyote and turns the tables on Beuys’ 1974 performance piece, “I like America and America Likes Me”

“Much of my artwork centers on the place that I live, personal experiences, and issues that impact our communities. Being a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, located in Northwestern Montana, I have frequently been influenced by tribal issues of sovereignty, colonization, culture and history. Monoprints, drawings, photo imagery, and installation works are common contemporary art media, which provides a vehicle for an intended dialog with the viewer. The abstraction of imagery, color, and a few unexpected surprises can engage the viewer, and trigger the start of a personal journey of interest connecting a few of the dots for greater awareness of the intended concepts represented in the artwork.”

I don't put work out that gives solutions but provokes questions.

Corky Clairmont

archive 2011

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