Clifton Childree
Hilger Contemporary Vienna
Dorsch Gallery Miami

An analog artist in the digital era, I adore the herky-jerky motion of black and white silent film, its hokey lighting and the hiss and crackle of phonograph records. All these rich textures are anathema in the present moment that worships hyper-smooth seamless cinematography and state of the art CGI illusions. My affection for simple hydraulics and basic mechanics comes from a deep love affair for the carnival midway, turn-of-the-century arcade, and the broad laughs of vaudeville entertainment.
I am currently engaged with work that responds specifically with place, history, and/or character through the means of creating a series of interactive early 20th century styled arcade machines. The materials used for these machines, and at times large installations, are either purchased antiques or abandoned objects altered by natural elements. Each piece, with the help of an inserted film, charts a topography of history, experience, emotion, and/or thought in a visual language both intimate and arcane. Manipulating these machines to look more decomposed, rotting back in to the ground, they become something else, vague associations, a metamorphosis, making them a more unique object with self-renewal.