Earlier this week, I was pleased to complete the layout for an art exhibit publication featuring the artwork of South Texas artist Kirk Clark. I have not done a book in a while, and of course, Adobe inDesign with all it’ buzzers and whistles overdoes the number of button, sliders, an deep menus. However, I realized during the process that something about it felt good in my blood. I am unsure how to express this feeling, but I’ve been doing layout since junior high using a typewriter and counting spaces to create columns, so I guess it’s just something that satisfies me ?.
The exhibit is to be held at the Biblical Art Museum in Dallas, Tx. The abstract images are powerful, colorful, and quite unique. Joe Bravo edited all the pieces and parts and provided significant design suggestions that were critical to the outcome of the design. I uploaded the inDesign files on Wednesday, and my printer (whom I ❤️) reviewed my files and actually found a typo we missed, God bless ’em! I was supposed to view a proof on Friday, but Hurricane Harvey decided to change Friday afternoon plans. All the presses had to stop and be completely shut down over the weekend because of potential flooding. Now, we believe Harvey is stalling over South Texas and we’ll actually benefit from a useful amount of badly needed late fall rain and wonderful lower temperatures. But, I have been promised that the catalogs will arrive on time.
Intuition, the name of the show and the title of the catalog represents the hard work of not only the talented artist, Kirk Clark, but a host of people who worked to create the contents of this catalog. First, photographer Marylin Carren took excellent photos for me to work with. Uniquely, Mr. Clark paints acrylic on, of all materials, mylar (these are powerful, brilliant reflective images). Carren had the talent and patience to create the images without including her own, or her camera’s reflection in any of the 23 images!
Others also significantly pitched in. In addition to a fine artist’s statement and biography, the Executive Director and Curator of the Biblical Arts Museum, Scott Peck, wrote an essay and also submitted an interview with the artist. Even the Director of the Board of Trusttees, Dr. Wayne Yakes took time from his busy out of state medical practice to write an informative article that places Clark’s art in the tradition of the rest of the collection.
Clark says he is a “senethete” — he can see colors in sound and feeling; he is able to draw abstract images of people, after seeing the colors of their soul. While all that may sound unbelievable, studies have confirmed that the phenomenon is biological, automatic and apparently unlearned, distinct from both hallucination and metaphor.
The artwork is vibrant and visceral. I believe Clark is expressing his (and perhaps others) spiritual joy with this body of 26 incredible pieces, but I’m certainly no art critic. The exhibit will run from September 10, 2017 to January 8, 2018. Make sure to check the hours of the Museum before heading out.