André S Clements (1973, Pretoria) integrates a broad spectrum of contexts and modalities in his practice, striving for a balance between the traditional, especially atelier-based disciplines and contemporary technological affordances in artistry.
André is a husband, father, artist, developer, occasional activist, programmer, photographer and facilitator.
Having exhibited in Johannesburg (South Africa) and Bordeaux (France) his work features in various private and corporate collections both locally and internationally as well as featured in multiple arts and culture publications, most recently in Herri 7. André also hosts Life Drawing Randburg.
“I make pictures.
I also like layering, integration, hybridisation, and things like ontological integrity, sensitivity, kindness, skill, connection and creativity; which I understand as nurturing new or different relationships between previously un-, or otherwise related elements towards desirable outcomes. Figuring out, finding… the last part of that definition, the ‘what is worth pursuing?’ is the hardest part, the most interesting to me and arguably the most valuable. Sometimes, in some ways, perhaps that is what art is about – the appreciable manifestation of creativity.
What is desirable?
Vita-socio-anarcho: life, communion, non-domination
As an artist, I believe that aiming to incorporate vulnerability, authenticity, honesty, and humility into my art-making process can lead to more meaningful and impactful art. I define art as “the appreciable manifestation of creativity,” emphasizing that art is something that can be perceived and appreciated, and that it is a product of creativity. I define creativity as “creating new or different relations between elements”, highlighting the idea that art is not simply a representation or expression of the artist’s subjective experience, but rather something that arises from the manipulation or arrangement of elements in a new or different way, by creating new relationships between them. I wish to know more about how others incorporate these values into their art practice and how they believe it contributes to a more positive, meaningful and impactful world.André on Mastodon