Clayton Brothers Acquired by MOAH (CA)

The gallery is pleased to announce that the major installation, “Wishy Washy” (2006), by artist duo the Clayton Brothers, has been acquired by the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster (CA). Now a part of the museum’s permanent collection, “Wishy Washy” will soon be on display at the institution – an opportunity that will best showcase the work’s dimensional, audible, and interactive components.

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History is dedicated to strengthening awareness, enhancing accessibility and igniting the appreciation of art, history and culture in the Antelope Valley through dynamic exhibitions, innovative educational programs, creative community engagement and a vibrant collection that celebrates the richness of the region. The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is home to over 10,000 objects, spanning the creative and technological achievements of the Antelope Valley from Native Americans to American Pioneers. In addition, other holdings include historic American military artifacts, prehistoric fossil specimens, and ancient Egyptian artifacts. MOAH’s collection of art is the finest in the Antelope Valley and is comprised of an expanding collection of western, modern and contemporary art. MOAH’s art collection consists of varied media including painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture spanning the early 1900’s to contemporary times. Noteworthy artists within the historic collection includes Van Saake, La Monk, Lee, and Burgess. The specialized Eglash Collection focuses on contemporary art makers of Southern California. In addition, the Museum houses encyclopedic holdings of historic period clothing and textiles as well as prints, drawings, archival materials, and photographs that are displayed in rotation for reasons of preservation.

For brothers Rob and Christian Clayton, collaboration is more than a process: the concept of symbiosis resonates through every aspect of their paintings and installations. In a practice devoid of ego and restraint, the Clayton brothers develop intensely compacted narratives on an intuitive basis. Rob and Christian Clayton seldom work on the same canvas at the same time, or discuss their projects during their creation. Playing off of a uniquely unspoken synergy, they take turns inventing, adding to, and editing each piece, propelling their “stories” through spontaneous improvisation. Entwining their independent approaches, styles, and palettes, their works operate as co-authored epics, fusing the concept of self with the communal.

Working from their Los Angeles studio, the Clayton brothers draw inspiration from their immediate environment by incorporating local businesses, neighborhood regulars, and snippets of overheard conversations as subjects for their paintings. Composing their pieces in conjunction with one another, recurrent motifs, gestures, places, and figures appear within different works; creating the drama of linked experience. Set upon collaged canvases, the physical layers of their surfaces create a condensed tableaux. The brothers approach painting as a visual representation of pure energy: everyday scenes explode in vortexes of blinding color, movement is practically animated, and products make their placement, an effect similar to viewing every frame of a film simultaneously. In presenting a specific locality, the Clayton brothers relate the personal to the global, but still offer a vision of “America-as-it-is.” In turn, they celebrate and share all of its diverse, spectacular, and solitary splendor.

Rob (b. 1963, OH) and Christian (b. 1967, CO) Clayton both received their B.F.A.s from Art Center College of Design (CA). They have had solo exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (CA), and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (WI) in addition to shows in Houston, New York, Beijing, Los Angeles, and Miami. Their work has also been included in shows at the Museum of the Moving Image (NY), Santa Monica Museum of Art (CA), Laguna Art Museum (CA), Kistler Beach Museum of Art (KS), Corcoran Museum of Art (DC), and the Dallas Museum of Art (TX), among others. They have also participated in more than twenty visiting artist lectures around the world, and their work appears in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), Norton Museum of Art (FL), Sweeney Art Gallery at the University of California, Riverside (CA), and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art (CA). The artists both live and work in Los Angeles, CA.

Wishy Washy

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