Charles Clough, the Hallwalls co-founder and prolific painter of abstract canvases large and small, is in the midst of a renewed love affair with his native city. After decades away, Clough established a studio in the Cobblestone District’s Hi-Temp Fabrication building (79 Perry St.) in 2012 and launched what he rather grandiosely calls “The Clufffalo Institute,” a multipronged artistic project designed to spread his unique philosophy and approach to abstract art.
Anyone curious about Clough’s work or his renewed affection for this city in mid-renaissance would do well to check out “Magnitudes: Paintings from the 1980s & 1990s” opening at 5 p.m. Friday in the Hi-Temp building. The show will feature works that range in size from a quarter-inch to more than 13 feet in length, most of them never exhibited before. Clough’s work consists mostly of acrylic paint drawn across smooth surfaces with tools meant to mimic the streaks created by human fingers, creating seductive abstract patterns in vibrant colors.
To accompany the show, Clough has produced a 151-page catalog featuring dozens of works, along with extensive essays and articles. At 7 p.m. March 3 in Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Clough will give a talk about his work titled “Charles Clough: The Way to Clufffalo: Advance or Retreat?” After Friday, the exhibition is viewable only by appointment. Call (646) 283-6964 or visit www.clufff.com.
– Colin Dabkowski