Photo: Tony Luong


BIO

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.


STATEMENT 

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.


CURRICULUM VITAE 

 

EDUCATION

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   

SOLO EXHIBITIONS  

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)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS  

2018  Castles in the Sky: Fantasy Architecture in Contemporary Art, Lehman College, New York, NY

The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2018, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IA (catalogue)

          Godine Family Gallery: A Retrospective, MassArt, Boston, MA

2016  28th Annual Benefit Live Auction, Paine Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA (catalogue)

2015  ARTcetera Auction, The Park Plaza Castle, Boston, MA

          Multiple Perspectives, Adelson Galleries Boston, Boston, MA 

          34, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

          Slideluck Boston, Technology & Art, Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge, MA

          25th Annual Juried Benefit Auction, Paine Gallery, Live Auction, MassArt, Boston, MA

2014  St. Botolph Club Foundation Gallery, Boston, MA

          Landscapes: Between Tradition and Reality, The Beehive, Boston, MA

          25th Annual Benefit Auction, Paine Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA

2013  The Art of Photography, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego CA. Curated by Julia Dolan

          Off the Wall, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA.  Curated by Dina Deitsch 

          24th Annual Juried Benefit Auction, Bakalar Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA

2012  The Annual AIDS Benefit Exhibition, The Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA

          Night In The Box, Social Security Building, Somerville, MA        

          Fuck Yeah America II with A Vengeance, Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham, MA

          23rd Annual Juried Benefit Auction, Bakalar Gallery, MassArt

          After Darkness I Hope for Light, Godine Family Gallery, Boston, MA

2011  The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. II, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY. Curated by Vanessa Kramer (book)

           ARTcetera Auction, The Park Plaza Castle, Boston, MA

           Water, Grey Art Gallery, Williamsport, PA

           2nd Annual Juried Benefit Auction, Bakalar Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA

           SOLO Competition (finalist), Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA, Juried by Randy Hopkins

2010  VOX VI, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA. Juried by Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida

           16th Annual Juried Show, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA. Juried by Joerg Colberg

           21st Annual Juried Benefit Auction, Bakalar Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA

2009  Photography Now 2009, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY. Juried by Charlotte Cotton

           PRC Juried Publication, The Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA. Juried by Dana Faconti (catalogue)

           Print Auction, University College Falmouth, London, England

2008  The Group Show, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY. Juried by Peter van Agtmael, Sean Fader, Alexandra Niki, and Amani Olu

           Northeast Exposure Online, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA

           Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA

           ArtCetera, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA

           New Talents, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA

           Annual Members Show, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA

           19th Annual Juried Benefit Auction, Bakalar Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA

           From the Electric Studio, Axiom Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA

           SPE Multicultural Caucus Exhibition, Denver, CO

           Exposure: the Annual PRC Juried Exhibition, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA. Juried by Lesley A. Martin

2007  Hey, Hot Shot! (Spring edition), The Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY

 

GRANTS/AWARDS

2014   St. Botolph Emerging Artists Award, Recipient, Boston, MA  

2013   Off the Wall, Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA 

2011   Review Santa Fe 100, Santa Fe, NM 

2010  Santo Foundation Honorarium, St. Louis, MO 

COMMISSIONS

2020 Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

2018  Private Residence, Provincetown, MA

2016  Private Residence, Cambridge, MA

2015  Kit and Ace, Newbury St, Boston, MA  

2015  Private Residence, Chestnut Hill, MA

2013  New Residence Hall (Treehouse), MassArt, Boston, MA

2009 Akron/Family, ‘Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free’, Album cover, Dead Oceans Records 

 COLLECTIONS  

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, MA

Tower Lobby (T1), MassArt, Boston, MA

indie Photobook Library, Washington, DC

Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Langone Center Cafe, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Weeks Gallery, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY

Wallace Library, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY    

Phil Zminda, “Clint Baclawski Imagines An Ad-Less America In Flashing Lights”, Boston Art Review, Issue #02: Field Work, Fall 2018

Jane Szita, "Sign Lighter", FRAME, Amsterdam, Issue #120, January/February 2018

Nellie Prior, “Seeing The Light”,Take Magazine, August 30, 2017

Cate McQuaid, “Artist Clint Baclawski helps us see photographs in a different way”, The Boston Globe, June 1, 2016

Eva Recinos, “LEDs and Polycarbonate Tubes Free Photography from the Picture Frame”, The Creator’s Project, March 20, 2016

Cate McQuaid, “Frozen time, altered perspectives in new photo shows”, The Boston Globe, September 29, 2015

Cate McQuaid, “A landscape in fragments”, The Boston Globe, January 21, 2014

Roberta Fallon, “Vox VI–objects of desire”, The ArtBlog, July 15, 2010

Chris Bergeron, “A visionary exhibit at Griffin Museum of Photography”, Wicked Local Waltham,  July 11, 2010            

Jessica Baran, “St. Louis art capsules”, Riverfront Times, May 18, 2010

Greg Cook, “Boston exposures”, Boston Phoenix, April 21, 2009

Beierle + Keijser, “Clint Baclawski’s delicious boxes of light”, Mrs. Deane, February 16, 2009

Greg Cook, “The It artist of the moment: Clint Baclawski”, The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, July 12, 2008

Cate McQuaid, “Play of light makes for a standout exhibit”, Boston Globe, June 18, 2008

Greg Cook, “Fringe festival. Galleries off the beaten path”, Boston Phoenix, June 13, 2008

Cate McQuaid, “The Graduates” Boston Globe, April 18, 2008

PRINT MEDIA

Boston Art Review, Issue #2: Field Work, Fall 2018

FRAME Magazine, Issue #120, January/February 2018

Boston Home Magazine, Summer Edition, 2016

Living & Design, Bejing, China, 2016

The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Volume II, Humble Arts Foundation, New York, NY, 2011

PRC Juried Publication, The Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA. Juried by Dana Faconti 

 

SELECTED TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017  - Present Adjunct Professor, Graduate Studies, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

2007 - 2016  Adjunct Instructor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

2014  Artist Mentor, Lesley University College of Art and Design, Cambridge, MA

2008 - 2009  Adjunct Professor,  Undergraduate Studies, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

 

LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS  

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IA

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

Boston University, Boston, MA

MassArt, Boston, MA

Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA                        

Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2012 - 2014  Editor, Big Red and Shiny, Boston, MA