| CLAPS |
CLAPS lives and works in New York City. He is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer whose work comments on art history and language. Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, he earned a Bachelor of Arts at Harvard University, where he studied painting and art history. He studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League in New York and in Florence, Italy. His paintings and drawings have been presented in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and institutions of the United States and Europe Claps’ works are in private collections and foundations in the United States and Europe. He writes for Artspace.com and Exibart Magazine.
The works in the series “It’s All Derivative” comment on the practice of appropriation and iconic veneration in the world of art, combining borrowed imagery from the past with the visual language of Morse Code. There is always a positive and a negative, in a spirit of Yin & Yang duality. The Natural abstract works are inspired by Japanese prints from the 18th century, the pictures are taken by the artist himself. There is a loss of the original image that implies the idea of the fossil, the memory of something that was once alive.