Seth Clark’s work focuses on deteriorating architecture. These structures, designed to be huge forces of permanence, are continually being challenged, destroyed and forgotten. Seth sees an inherent honesty in the face of my subject. Among all of the clutter—the shards of wood and layers of rubble—there remains a gentle resolve. The buildings, often on the brink of ruin, Seth was named Pittsburgh’s 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
art at the museum
As an Artist in Resident, Seth is creating a site specific piece of artwork, Hive, merging his found-object exploration of architectural decay with MuseumLab’s celebration of the historic building’s past. Hive will serving as a translator and educator about the value of historic architecture in all stages of its life. The installation is representational of a gigantic human beehive. Little windows cluster around the form symbolizing an active community nestled up high into a corner of the already very active museum. It is built out of repurposed wood sourced from local renovation projects in homage to the amazing architectural preservation effort that is MuseumLab.
Mass XX, 2016