Photo: Tony Luong
Clint Baclawski (b. 1981, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania) is a contemporary artist working with photography, technology, light, and space. His solo exhibition locations include San Luis Obispo, California; St. Louis, Missouri; Boston, Massachusetts; Edinburgh, Scotland; and group shows at the Chelsea Art Museum, Danforth Museum, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, San Diego Art Institute, The Jen Bekman Gallery, and the University College Falmouth in England. His work is included in private and institutional collections. Baclawski has been featured in: FRAME magazine, The Boston Globe, The Creator’s Project, Boston Home magazine, Designboom, and The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Volume II. Clint’s studio is located in Boston’s South End.
I am always experimenting with methods, formats and materials that push photography to its limits. My most recent work using light bulbs, break those limits altogether. Drawing inspiration from the pioneering spirit of the California Light and Space movement, these works move the medium into newly deconstructed ground beyond the tradition and constraints of a photographic frame. Light itself is reconfigured. The bulb becomes the medium. The photographic image takes an unexpected form like the stanzas of a sonnet or the sequencing of notes in a music composition. The scale of my work compels the viewer to engage with the rhythm of this sequence. Leaning in to observe a detail – the image dissipates, dissolves, contracts, reveals a portion of itself then expands and coalesces once again with distance and the walk along the length of its illuminated landscape. The act of walking has become an integral part of my process.
2008 MFA, Photography, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), Boston, MA
2006 Post-Baccalaureate Study, Photographic Practices, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
2004 BFA, Advertising Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, NY
2017 Zephyr, HUBweek Boston, City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA
2016 Clint Baclawski: Luminous, Adelson Galleries, Boston, MA
2015 ACTINIC, Alternative Photography Festival of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland (catalogue)
Lush, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
2014 Chromogenic, The Hallway Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA
Pink Church, 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Light Bulbs, Godine Family Gallery, Boston, MA
2010 Clint Baclawski/Caleb Taylor: Recent Work, Snowflake, St. Louis, MO (catalogue)
2009 Ephemera, Godine Gallery, Boston, MA. Curated by Sam Toabe and Matthew Serpico
2008 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Paine Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA (catalogue)