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Solo show: Ishan Clemenco - Chalk Lines 2003 - Wall Drawing (over)

8 November 2003 until 15 June 2004
  Ishan Clemenco - Chalk Lines 2003 - Wall Drawing
Ishan Clemenco, Chalk Lines, 2002, Installation detail, ground pigment on wall
  sm.ART curating & consulting

sm.ART curating & consulting
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DURATION OF THE EXHIBITION November 8 - December 20, 2003

sm.ART, Roesselerstrasse 9, 81929 München

CONTACT Sibylle Mueller,

sm.ART is proud to present the first solo show of San Francisco-based artist Ishan Clemenco in Germany.

Ishan Clemenco (born San Francisco, 1955) began his career as a composer whose early work was concerned with precise intonations and the process of extended duration associated with 60s Minimalism. Private residencies with the composer Lou Harrison (1917-2003) and poetics studies with Anne Waldman at Naropa Institute led to extended Asian travels.

After two years on the Indian subcontinent and a survey of European megalithic sites, Clemenco visited the Parisian atelier of Brancusi, where he resolved to translate the concerns of intonation and duration into treatments of surface and volume in constructed sculpture.

Completing long internships in stone and metal fabrication Clemenco refined the conception of his work receiving a Marin Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for Sculpture in 1996. The grant enabled him to visit the Chianti Foundation in Marfa, Texas, where he saw the essential reduction in the work of Donald Judd as central to the passage from Russian Constructivism to an architecture in space that was non-functional while retaining integrity of color, material, form and placement in relationship to site. In 1998 and 2001 Clemenco was included in two 3-person exhibitions of sculpture at the SFMOMA Artist Gallery in San Francisco, directed by Marian Parmenter.

In 2001 he shifted his art practice from an emphasis on the use of hard, industrial materials to the realization of intensive, ephemeral, site-specific installations utilizing chalkline marking instruments and hand-ground pigments. In 2002 Clemenco had his first solo exhibition of wall drawing with Takada Gallery in San Francisco.

He is represented by sm.ART, a Munich-based curatorial consultancy, and is included in steirischerbst:03 at Graz, Austria, in October 2003.


The new work develops earlier concerns with compositional process of repetition and inversion, proportional ratios, arithmetical progressions and extended duration. I am interested in symmetries and oppositional permutations and the relationships of static and dynamic, elevation and weight, movement and repose. Methods of determination are informed by synchronicities and chance.

Parallel vertical lines in chalkline installations and drawings establish optical drones. The continuum of chalked lines snapped directly on walls utilizes a limited color scale of orange, pthalo blue, cobalt blue and white pastels, handground in mortar and pestle. Found chalkline vessels prepared for this work are gathered from use as traditional marking instruments. Their absolute verticality in suspended installation acquires an equilibrium realized in uncomplicated markings on walls.

I am working to transcend the theoretical matrix and technical processes through which a given work is shaped and evolves. This intention balances the concerns of the medium with an emotional response to life aspiring to be both contemplated and felt. The overall approach to my work is that of exploration and discovery, allowing an inevitable, open end.

Ishan Clemenco, 2002

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