The Phillips Collection Presents new Installation by Wesley Clark

By Editorial Team on May 17, 2022
Wesley Clark in his studio, installation in process April 2022, Photo: AK Blythe

New installation by Wesley Clark speaks to the energy and transformation east of the Anacostia River

The Phillips Collection presents a new commissioned installation by DC-based artist Wesley Clark, the final of three commissions by DC-based artists in celebration of the museum’s centennial. The site-specific installation titled New Beginning consists of geometric forms that represent the ways in which creative spaces can generate new ideas and will be unveiled on June 18, 2022, at Phillips@THEARC, the museum’s satellite campus at Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus in Southeast DC (1801 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20020).

“Transformation as a concept is a series of creative choices,” explains Clark. “These many individual decisions reflect the various changes that are occurring in Southeast DC, i.e., the increase in health and family services and the investment in community beautification. Collectively, these changes can lead to a unified renaissance taking place East of the River. The work mirrors the ability for the community to exercise transformative and creative change, defining its direction forward.”

As part of its centennial celebrations in 2021, The Phillips Collection commissioned works by three DC-based artists: Wesley Clark, Nekisha Durrett, and Victor Ekpuk. All three centennial commissions were conceived with the specific site in mind, and they all reference the past and speak to the future. Prior to the unveiling of Clark’s commission, the artists will be featured in a panel discussion to speak about their works:

Wesley Clark (b. 1979, Washington, DC; lives in Hyattsville, MD)
Wesley Clark is the lead artist of Wesley Clark Art (WCA). His practice includes painting, printmaking, and sculpture. He received his BFA from Syracuse University and his MFA from The George Washington University. He has exhibited works at institutions such as the Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington DC; Columbia College Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee; as well as Scope and Prizm Art Fair, Miami, Florida, during Art Basel. Clark’s work is in notable collections such as the Asheville Art Museum, North Carolina, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Comprising a team of mixed media artists, teachers, and art professionals, WCA aims to inspire, motivate, move the mind, and beautify spaces. WCA entered the public art realm in 2016 when invited by the American Alliance of Museums to create a temporary public artwork at the site of President Lincoln’s Cottage. Since then WCA has produced several permanent site specific works ranging from installations to free standing sculpture to wall reliefs for several DC Public Schools, Kenilworth Recreation Center, Baltimore City, and for The Hotel at the University of Maryland.

(Source: The Phillips Collection Press Release)