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Clement Valla
updated: 06/27/2011
website: clementvalla.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Seed Drawing 52
Seed Drawing 51
Postcards from Google Earth, Bridges
Google Earth Skyscrapers
Mark Copies J.F. Kensett’s Lily Pond, Newport, Rhode Island, and Paints in the View from His Studio Window
Zhongbo Copies Google Earth’s View of Wassaic, Ny Onto Twilight in the Wilderness, and Paints in the View from His Window
Paintings from WuShiPu
Seed Drawing 7
Seed Drawing 8
Seed Drawing 21
Seed Drawing 23
A Sequence of Lines Traced by 500 Individuals
A Sequence of Circles Traced by 500 Individuals
A Sequence of Triangles Traced by 500 Individuals
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  repetition, technology, conceptual, process, systems
 
 
Seed Drawing 52 by Clement Valla
Seed Drawing 52
Drawings by 6560 individuals, software, inkjet on paper
2011
81" x  81" 
Seed Drawing 51 by Clement Valla
Seed Drawing 51
Drawings by 6560 individuals, software, inkjet on paper
2011
81" x  81" 
Postcards from Google Earth, Bridges by Clement Valla
Postcards from Google Earth, Bridges
Google Earth, postcards
2011
Dimensions variable
Google Earth Skyscrapers by Clement Valla
Google Earth Skyscrapers
Google Earth, inkjet on paper
2011
25.5" x  14.5" 
Mark Copies J.F. Kensett’s Lily Pond, Newport, Rhode Island, and Paints in the View from His Studio Window by Clement Valla
Mark Copies J.F. Kensett’s Lily Pond, Newport, Rhode Island, and Paints in the View from His Studio Window
Oil painting ordered over the internet
2009
40" x  30" 
Zhongbo Copies Google Earth’s View of Wassaic, Ny Onto Twilight in the Wilderness, and Paints in the View from His Window by Clement Valla
Zhongbo Copies Google Earth’s View of Wassaic, Ny Onto Twilight in the Wilderness, and Paints in the View from His Window
Oil painting ordered over the internet
2009
50" x  38" 
Paintings from WuShiPu by Clement Valla
Paintings from WuShiPu
Oil paintings ordered over the internet
2009
Dimensions variable
Seed Drawing 7 by Clement Valla
Seed Drawing 7
drawings by 1000 individuals, software, inkjet on paper
2010
44" x  44" 
Seed Drawing 8 by Clement Valla
Seed Drawing 8
drawings by 1000 individuals, software, inkjet on paper
2010
44" x  44" 
Seed Drawing 21 by Clement Valla
Seed Drawing 21
drawings by 1600 individuals, software, inkjet on paper
2010
40" x  40" 
Seed Drawing 23 by Clement Valla
Seed Drawing 23
drawings by 1600 individuals, software, inkjet on paper
2010
40" x  40" 
A Sequence of Lines Traced by 500 Individuals by Clement Valla
A Sequence of Lines Traced by 500 Individuals
Lines traced by 500 individuals, software, inkjet on paper
2011
63" x  24" 
A Sequence of Circles Traced by 500 Individuals by Clement Valla
A Sequence of Circles Traced by 500 Individuals
Lines traced by 500 individuals, software, inkjet on paper
2011
63" x  24" 
A Sequence of Triangles Traced by 500 Individuals by Clement Valla
A Sequence of Triangles Traced by 500 Individuals
Lines traced by 500 individuals, software, inkjet on paper
2011
63" x  24" 

Artist Statement

I write instructions and computer code in order to explore systems. My programs are generative. They rely on chance, randomness, repetition and recombination in order to produce complex and unexpected images that lie on the boundary between nature and artifice.

I find systems that produce unintended artifacts, unexplored juxtapositions. Glitches, not designed effects. I collect these strange occurrences.

I explore an authorless world at the intersection of human labor and digitized systems, a blurred boundary between human creativity and machine intelligence where computers are built to think increasingly like humans (they beat humans at chess and at game shows) and where humans act like computers (with beautiful, mechanical, flawless precision), and use them as metaphors for looking at nature and themselves. In this ambiguous territory, I play notions of the hand-made,  the mechanical, the natural and the systematic off of each other.

Artist Bio / CV

Clement Valla is an artist and programmer interested in processes that produce unfamiliar ar- tifacts and skew reality. Valla works within systems, applying a ‘programmed brain’ that pushes problem-solving logic to irrational ends. His recent work examines copies, repetition and repro- duction markets - from Chinese ‘Oil-Painting Factories’ to drawings on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. This work explores the tension between individual creativity and the influence of systems and networks on the individual.

Valla received a BA from Columbia University in 2001, where he studied architecture. After work- ing for architects in the USA, France, and China, Valla began using computers and digital technolo- gies in his own work. He studied the intersection between art and computer programming at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Digital+Media MFA program.

He has collaborated with a number of artists, architects, designers, scientists and archaeologists, developing novel uses for digital technologies. His work has been shown and published interna- tionally. He currently teaches in Digital + Media and Foundation Studies at RISD.

He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY