Will Clift  Sculpture
 
ABOUT / CONTACT
 
BIO, GALLERIES, CV
   

Brief bio / about my work:

 

My favorite toy as a young child was a set of old wooden blocks. I’d assemble these into towers taller than me, or into cantilevered structures that would grow until they came crashing down. I never really stopped since.

In 1998 I entered Stanford University, where I studied nearly everything but art — from engineering to philosophy to psychology — all the while continuing to make sculpture, sneaking into the mechanical engineering machine shop to do so.

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Entropy is the tendency of systems to move from order to disorder. It’s everywhere around us. But resisting entropy — developing and preserving structures — is very much a part of being human, and is a central aspect of every form of life.

In my sculptures I explore the line between order and disorder, combining intersecting parts into a whole that stands in delicate equilibrium on a small foot. Each work is inherently precarious, yet ultimately poised and stable, overcoming entropy. I use this narrow point of balance to connect viewers to something beyond the sculptural object itself. In each static form is tension, the suggestion of gesture or movement, the ephemeral moment between breathing in and out. There's potency and power in equilibrium, as well as grace, when the point of balance is reached.

As I would have said in my days as an engineer, this point of balance is where potential energy transitions into kinetic energy, and a form narrowly balanced can appear to contain both. For me the balance and the form in my sculptures are inseparable from each other, and I develop them through intuition, rather than any sort of calculation.

The poet Stanley Kunitz once described a poem’s structure as a way for it to contain and hold energy, and that the energy soon leaks out of a poorly formed work. I’ve found the same to true with sculpture. After twenty years of creating works like this, what others might see as a stylistic constraint is, for me, a language that I’m still learning, one that enables the expression of something I experience but otherwise couldn’t communicate.

Gallery Representation
  New York, New York: Gerald Peters Gallery
  Santa Fe, New Mexico: Gerald Peters Gallery
  Hong Kong: Galerie Ora-Ora
Gallery Affiliation
  Palm Desert, California: J Willott Gallery
  Telluride, Colorado: Telluride Gallery of Fine Art
  Washington, DC: Robert Brown Gallery

C V / Resume (click here for downloadable version)

BIOGRAPHY

1978 Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002 Stanford University, California, B.S.
2003 Stanford University, California, M.S.
2003 First solo exhibition of sculpture
2006 Commenced career as full-time sculptor
 
SELECTED PUBLIC, CORPORATE AND OUTDOOR ART COLLECTIONS
  - Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center Jacksonville, FL (July 2018): large outdoor sculpture
  - Bank of China, Hong Kong Headquarters: four sculptures on executive floor
  - Citibank, China, collection of the CEO
  - Villas at Chileno Bay, Los Cabos, Mexico: large outdoor sculpture
  - Kapiolani Hospital, Honolulu, HI: trio of suspended sculptures in entranceway
  - Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO: outdoor public sculpture in permanent collection
  - Exelon Corporation, Washington DC: two large sculptures in company’s headquarters
  - The Hepburn, Washington DC: outdoor sculpture near front entranceway
  - AC Ventura Hotel, Aventura, FL: two sculptures
  - Perth, Australia; one large outdoor sculpture
  - L’Avenue, Shanghai, China: large public sculpture, focal point of entryway
  - Wish Aesthetic Surgery Clinic, Taipei, Taiwan: three large-scale public sculptures
  - Waterfront Center, Hoboken, NJ: six eleven-foot-long suspended sculptures
  - Torrey Hills, San Diego, CA: two large-scale outdoor sculptures in steel
  - The Modern, Fort Lee, NJ: one large-scale sculpture in front lobby
  - Keystone Equities Building, New York, NY: one large-scale suspended sculpture in lobby
  - Fairfield and Woods, P.C., Denver, CO: one interior sculpture
  - Gates Family Foundation Collection, Denver, CO: one large-scale sculpture in entranceway
  - Elm Park, Worcester, MA: one fifteen-foot long sculpture, temporarily installed in lake
  - Senator Michael F. Bennet’s office, Washington, DC: one sculpture
  - Unser Discovery Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico: one sculpture
  - Landmark Bank, Columbia, Missouri: one sculpture
  - Central New Mexico College, Rio Rancho, New Mexico: one large-scale sculpture
- Four Seasons Hotel, Denver, Colorado: three large-scale sculptures and one large installation in nine parts
- Interleadership Partners, Hong Kong: one large-scale sculpture in entryway
  - Ritz Carlton Hotel, Miami, Florida: one large-scale sculpture in conference room
  - New Mexico Workers Compensation Building, Las Vegas, New Mexico, one large-scale sculpture
  - Fontainbleu III Hotel, Miami, Florida: three large-scale sculptures in lobby
  - McCune Charitable Trust, Santa Fe, New Mexico: one sculpture in atrium
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019 Title TBD, J. Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA (February 2019)
2018 Interplays, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York City, New York (Sept. to Oct. 2018)
2018 Interplays, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (July to August 2018)
2016 Reaching, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York City, New York
2016 Will Clift, Visiting Artist, Stanford University, Stanford, California
2014 Forms in Balance, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2014 Forms in Balance, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York City, New York
2012 Untitled, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2010 Gestures, Galerie Ora-Ora, Hong Kong
  Points of Balance, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2008 Will Clift, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007 Abstraction of Consciousness, Galerie Ora-Ora, Hong Kong
  Will Clift, Anne Reed Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho
2006 Gesture in Balance, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2003 Fourteen Sculptures, Photoeye Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, (Galerie Ora-Ora)
  Ink Asia, Galerie Ora-Ora, Hong Kong
  Art Miami, Aspen, CO (Gerald Peters Gallery)
2016 Sculpture by the Sea, Perth, Australia
  Summer Invitation, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA
  Art Aspen, Aspen, CO (Gerald Peters Gallery)
  Waterways IV, Heather Gaudio Fine Art, New Canaan, CT
  Group Show, Peter Marcelle Project, Southampton, NY
2015 Art on the Edge, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
  Inventory of Light, Peters Projects, and Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  Armory Show, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Contemporary Colorado: A Survey of Contemporary Art, Curfman Gallery, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO
  Aqua Art Fair, Miami, FL (Toomey-Tourell Fine Art)
  Art Silicon Valley, San Mateo, CA (Toomey-Tourell Fine Art)
  Group Show, J. Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
  Beyond Sandy, La Napoule Art Foundation, New York, NY
  Group Show, J Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2013 Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, TX (Toomey Tourell Fine Art)
  Aqua Art Fair, Miami, FL (Toomey Tourell Fine Art)
  Summer Invitation, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA
  Objects of Desire, Neptune Fine Art, Washington D.C.
2012 Do You See What I See?, La Napoule Art Foundation, Denver, Colorado (upcoming)
  The First 30 Years, Robert Brown Gallery, Washington D.C.
2011 From the Sculptor’s Hand, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York City, New York
  Land Use / Misuse, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  Young Art Taipei Fair, Taipei, Taiwan
  Fête, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming
Creative Capitol, Colorado State Capital Building, Denver, Colorado
2010 Creative Capitol, Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado
  GP Modern: Artist Perspectives, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  Group Show, Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride, Colorado
Connecting with Contemporary Sculpture, Museum of Art and Archaeology, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
Contemporary Responses to Henry Moore, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado, Museum of Art and Archaeology, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
Turned and Sculptured Wood, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Fête, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming
Obras Maestras, OBRA Galería, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  Connecting With Contemporary Sculpture, Univ. of Missouri Museum, Columbia, Missouri
  Winter Penthouse Show, Ralph Pucci International, New York, New York
2009 Group Show, OBRA Galería, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  Group Show, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, New York
  Group Show, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming
  Exhibition of Gallery Artists, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  Group Show, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, California
2008 Exhibit for the Texas Sculpture Symposium, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  Pat Lasch and Will Clift, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, California
  Group Show, Blink Gallery, Boulder, Colorado
2007 Silver Lining, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  Hong Kong International Contemporary Art Fair, Galerie Ora-Ora, Hong Kong
2006 Best of Colorado Artists, Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado
  Ink, Clay, Wood and Steel, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  Exhibition of Gallery Artists, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2005 Winter Contemporary Show, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  Group Show, Takada Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  Baker's Dozen, Robert Brown Gallery, Washington, DC
  Color, Found Objects Colorado, Denver, CO
2003 Exhibitions of Gallery Artists, Photoeye Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002 Precious Objects, Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Palo Alto, CA
  Karl Blossfeldt, Images, and Will Clift, Sculpture, Photoeye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
 
AWARDS, HONORS, PROJECTS, ETC.
2018 Artist in Residence, Cow House Studios, Ireland
2017 Autumn Awakening, multi-disciplinary performance at ART021, Shanghai, November 2017
2018 In a Winter Garden, performance of sculpture, choreography, and musical composition, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, CA, January 2017
2016 Visiting Artist, Stanford University
2016 Sole Recipient of Sculpture By The Sea’s Invited International Artist Program Award, Australia
2015 Selected for major commission for an outdoor sculpture at Denver Botanic Gardens
2015 Selected as panelist for 'Art Markets and the Prospects for the Future Workshop,' Stanford University
2013 2013 Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, “Honorary Mention”
2012 Artist in Residence, Brush Creek Ranch, Wyoming
2011 Artist in Residence: Chateau de la Napoule, France
2011 Artist in Residence: Fundación Valparaiso, Andalucia, Spain
2009 Artist in Residence: Can Serrat, Barcelona, Spain
2008 Lead Instructor, Young Artists at Work, BMOCA, Boulder, Colorado
 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017 Washingtonian Post, “3 Gorgeous Small Spaces…” March 17, 2017
2016 Stanford News, “Stanford Alum Returns…as Visiting Artist,” February 2, 2016
2015 Artsy.com, “Art Meets Science in a New Group Show at Peters Projects,” March 27th, 2015
2015 California Homes Magazine, “Creating the Wow Factor,” Winter 2015
2015 China Art Bazaar China, "Best 100 Artworks," January 2015
2014 Art, Antiques, Design Magazine, “Forms in Balance,” May 10, 2014
2014 American Art Collectors Magazine, "Balance and Grace,” April 2014
2014 Westport News, “Will Clift: Forms In Balance,” May 4, 2014
  ARTFIX Daily, March 24, 2013
2013 Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, “State of the Arts”
  Washington Post, October 25, 2013
2012 CBS Denver News, “Do You See What I See?”
2012 Washington Post, cover of “Style” section, June 28
2010 World Sculpture News Magazine, "Capturing Gesture," Autumn 2010
  Ming Pao Weekly, "Essential," December 2010
  Santa Fean Magazine, "All in the Family," October / November 2010
  Columbia Daily Tribune, "A Voyage of Ideas and Reflections," January 2010
2009 Sculptors of the Rockies, book by F+W Media, Inc. and Southwest Arts Magazine
  Stepping Out Guide, "Small Works, Big Benefit," Jackson, Wyoming, December, 2009
2007 Hong Kong Economic Journal, August 2007
  Elle Decoration Magazine, Now, Hong Kong, September 2007
  Hinge: Design in Focus Magazine, "Cranium!," September 2007
  Guangzhou Daily, August 4, 2007
  Love Culture Magazine, Hong Kong This Week, August 9, 2007
  Mingpao Weekly Magazine, "Focus," August 11, 2007
2006 Santa Fe New Mexican, Will Clift, October 27, 2006
  THE Magazine, Will Clift: Gesture in Balance, December 2006, p. 55
  Albuquerque Journal, Venue North, "Graceful Gestures," Oct. 27, 2006, pp. 4-5
  Southwest Art Magazine, "Taking Shape,", July 2006, p. 195
2004 ARTnews Magazine, "Will Clift," January 2004, p. 142
2003 THE Magazine, "Will Clift: Fourteen Sculptures," Nov. 2003, p. 41
  Albuquerque Journal, "Stillness in Unceasing Motion,", Sept. 12, 2003
  Santa Fe New Mexican, "An Eye for Equilibrium," Sept. 12, 2003, pp. 52-53

 

 

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