Jonathan Clark was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, and moved to Houston, Texas, in 1996. He graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007. Since graduating, he has worked as an artist, artist assistant, installer, design consultant, landscape designer and gallery curator.
The concept of Jonathan’s work is based on a strong interest in mathematical principles and scientific theories. He uses patterns and techniques of problem solving—such as ratios, fractals, tiling, proportions and correlations between macro and microcosms—that are found in the natural world. The Divine Proportion is the bass-line equation for his creative process to unfold. Found in nature from the furthest stars to our fingertips, the Divine Proportion can be used as a tool for discovery and understanding of regenerative and harmonious forms.
Jonathan uses mostly multiples of familiar materials, such as pencils, Q-tips, and matches, to create objects that have the ability to expand to seemingly endless shapes and sizes.
“I have nurtured my craft to be an experience of balancing the relationship of parts to the whole. The viewer can relate to the concept of the art form based on his/her own interpretation, experiences and interests. Often, there is more to discover the closer you examine the piece.” His intent for using math and science as a template is to provide an opportunity to learn more about our connection to the radiance of things.
Jonathan has completed artist residencies at Darke Gallery in Houston and in Breckenridge, Colorado. He had his first solo show, “Ratio,” at Darke Gallery in 2013. He has exhibited large-scale works—made from thousands of pencils–at the Houston Public Library and has been part of group shows at Anya Tish Gallery and Assistance League of Houston at Williams Tower. He has created numerous commissioned pieces of art, from small-scale collections to large-scale outdoor installations.
During his residency at HCCC, Jonathan wants to continue to create new components for his art and provide a clear correlation among his interests in math, science and nature through craft. He looks forward to interacting with the public to further his connection with the Houston community. He will be with HCCC through August of 2015.
For more information, visit: http://www.jonclarkart.com/
Above, from top to bottom: Jonathan Clark. Photo courtesy the artist. Jonathan Clark, "Super Pencil," 2014. Pencils. 5.5 feet long x 3 feet wide. Photo by Marisa Brodie.