Cradle of Filth: Clint Bargers MFA Thesis Exhibition
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Cradle of Filth: Clint Bargers MFA Thesis Exhibition
March 1 - 5, 2021
***3/2 . 6PM CST – MASS (IG live)***
For his Spring 2021 MFA thesis exhibition at TCU's Moudy Gallery, Clint Bargers will present various multimedia sculptures. The exhibition entitled Cradle of Filth represents a culmination of 3 years of research and study at TCU’s fine arts sculpture department. Traditionally a found object sculptor, Clint has furthered his artistic practice by integrating more crafted objects, re-establishing his connection with the handmade and returning to themes of autobiography and the construction of personal narratives via the material world. Coil built ceramic forms and abstracted carved foam pieces dominate the exhibition while found objects and video intervene, adding sub and pop cultural references that expand the narrative of Cradle of Filth. The exhibition will open March 1st and run to March 5th, with online viewing only (due to COVID.) Clint will host an Instagram Live video walkthrough on Tuesday, March 2nd at 6pm CST.
The exhibition title Cradle of Filth is taken from an English black metal band founded in 1991. The exhibition uses the band moniker as a metaphor for Clint Bargers’ narrative driven sculptural works that represent the artists return to autobiography and continued investigation into found object sculpture as a means by which to deconstruct psychological fantasy. Clint has chosen to replicate, from memory, the gothic windows from his childhood chapel (Holy Rosary Catholic Chapel) in Cascade, Colorado. Hand made in ceramic and often interrupted by found objects, the windows do more than reflect on architecture and memory, they highlight trauma and familial disconnect, generational divide and a love / hate relationship with the Catholic Church. Bargers sees the windows as membranes for the sticky place where one views another viewing oneself. He likens it to the mental space where his and his grandfather’s worlds collided, a kind of complex psychological space where an individual’s gaze defines the other’s identity and psychological derivation. In a parasitic gesture Clint has positioned a large, ominous black room off a structural column in Moudy Gallery on TCU’s northern most fine arts building. The room is filled with carved foam abstractions adorned with punk rock, heavy metal and satanic ephemera. Seen here in contrast to the reference to the chapel the room, for Bargers, is a nod to the teenage outcast’s bedroom, but only in the hyperbolic sense. It is a bedroom or moreover a cum stained cave crypt carved out by the hysteria felt and feared in the suburbs, borne out of the satanic panic era in 1980s and 90s America. It’s clear Clint uses contradiction to layer his work with enough ambiguity and esotericism to lead a viewer into his bedroom only to open another door leading to a complex labyrinthine world occupied by phantasms of the overlooked, the outcasts, the rejects, the demons that have haunted middle class Americans for decades.
Clint Bargers was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2008 he received a BA in visual and critical studies/sculpture from the School of the Art institute of Chicago. Currently Clint lives and works in Dallas, Texas and will receive his MFA in Sculpture in the spring of 2021 from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. Clint has shown and curated in Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Italy and Dallas.
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