Sophie Clements: Attempting to Delay the Inevitable

Philip J. Steele Gallery at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

January 16 – February 16, 2018

  • "Collapsing Time" Lecture with Sophie Clements: Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30pm (Reception for the exhibition follows the lecture)
  • Lecture Event and Exhibition are Free and Open to the Public
VASDClementsClements, whose work occupies a space between filmmaking, sculpture, and sound, will present a lecture, Attempting to Delay the Inevitable, as part of the Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer (VASD) Program’s Collapsing Time Lecture Series. In conjunction with the event, Clements will have an exhibition in Philip J. Steele Gallery on the RMCAD campus with an opening reception following the lecture. 

Clements combines the science of image capture with the poetics of motion and the seduction of the impossible to create objects from a single moment in time. Pairing meticulous and rigorous filming techniques with the inherent chaotic nature of her chosen materials, Clements produces temporal sculptures that explore the futility of the human tendency to attempt to prevent or delay moments of change or disintegration. In her presentation, Clements will share excerpts of her current body of work, and shed light on the complex and exciting process of making these works.

The lecture will take place at the Mary Harris Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Attendees are encouraged to register at prior to the event.

An opening reception for Clements’ Philip J. Steele Gallery exhibition will take place immediately following her lecture. The immersive video installation will display Clements’ temporal sculptures, which include mesmerizing plumes of pyrotechnic smoke and cement dust clouds. Visitors can see the exhibition during gallery hours, Monday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through February 16.

Currently based in London, Clements’ solo works have been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including the Barbican Centre and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Dolby Headquarters in San Francisco, the Seoul Museum of Art in South Korea, and The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo. Clements’ interdisciplinary work with music includes a three-channel film piece with composer J. Peter Schwalm for the contemporary music ensemble Icebreaker. She also collaborated with electronic composer Scanner and video artist Tal Rosner on a video piece for Thomas Ades' arrangement of Nancarrow's studies 6 and 7, and continues to collaborate on live performances with Schwalm. Clements teaches and acts as artistic director at multiple arts and music universities and colleges in London.

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
1600 Pierce Street
Lakewood, CO 80214


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