CLARK
STOECKLEY

ARTIST STATEMENT

I start with a final image in my mind and then work backwards, doing whatever is necessary  – performance, video, photography, design, or painting – to realize that initial vision. My art explores the juxtaposition of utopian ideals with the banalities of everyday life. I am always looking to reach people beyond the art world, as my work is best experienced in public spaces like our streets or the Internet. It is intended to be an engaging, tongue-in-cheek response to the day’s headlines, but also a solemn critique of our systems and power structures. I feel a sense of duty to hold corrupt government officials, greedy corporate executives, bloodthirsty warmongers, and their propagandists accountable for their wrongdoings.

 

By adopting various identities, uniforms, and class, I utilize multiple personas in order to create a constructive dialogue within the communities and spaces in which I have lived. I use serious humor to comment on many of society’s dilemmas, from Wall Street bailouts and military recruiting tactics to the persecution of the journalistic organization WikiLeaks.

 

My interest in politics has also inspired me to shoot and edit documentaries about homelessness, consumerism, police brutality and nepotism. Aside from artistic purposes, these videos have served as evidence to reprimand bad cops, keep developers away from endangered species near Key West, and prove inequality at urban voting locations. When cameras were not permitted inside whistle-blower Private Bradley “Chelsea” Manning’s court martial, I documented the proceedings as a courtroom sketch artist.

 

My projects are layered with a visual vocabulary that stems from a deep interest in modern and contemporary art theory, history, and criticism. I particularly enjoy reading Lucy Lippard, Claire Bishop, and RoseLee Goldberg. I am inspired by Duchamp’s “Readymades”, Alighiero Boetti's tapestries, and the playful subversion of Vito Acconci and The Yes Men.

 

Like anyone overtly political, many love my messages and tactics, while others just don’t care for my brand of satire. I do not wish to preach to the choir, nor fuel the opposition's flames. My goal is to reach out to everyone in between. I want to educate them, show them some truth, and invite them to see the world differently.




How Does a Patriot Act?, New Media Caucus panel, Art in the Age of High Security
College Art Association Conference, New York, NY, 2013   Media-N Journal