CLINT WILSON

http://www.clintwilson.ca/

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Visual Artist currently living and working in Canada

“I have come to Barcelona, to Jiwar to find spaces here in this ancient city between the living and the dead, the liminal spaces between things considered wild and everything else (all human activity) where imagination can grow between the tiny cracks and become anything. I have come here with a keen interest in the zoological park. It appears to be filled with nature or at least what might more appropriately be termed nature like in the sense that it is very visibly delineated by science. I am finding the park, any park, is the perfect point to view this intersection/collision/ interface of technology and nature. In other words, the human desire to shape wilderness, through first science (study, measure, naming) than technology (application of the laws of the universe) and finally instrumentality (to put an end entropy) to fit that desire. I believe it may be to recall to the mind of the spectator that all is not what it seems to be ­ nature is not where I thought she was (in the park).
So then I am here on a mission of speculative research peering into a very deep and deceptive Baroque pool… these are very large maps, or matrixes or thought bodies. Ambassedors from the wild peek out everywhere here, embedded in architectural ornamentation, roadways or hidden behind walls. They are opaque and resist revealing themselves but I will continue to search for some form of clarity, after all what else should artists do? I am here to make little paintings from all of this puzzling, sketches for a larger work to be made later at home. And in the words of my good friend and colleague Heather Hamel…“if I bring back something I do not know then maybe this is wonderment.” The last eyes to have seen Christ have died on this day ­ that knowledge dies with me. Is wonder the threshold of knowing? Can wonder defer the deadening of facts and quantities and measurement? In wonder resides the deferral of the anxiety of bewilderment and the numbness of propaganda. I will not say the evil of science or even of technology (though arguments can be made of their deadening effects on our lives) prevent us from seeing our living.”