The exhibit, “Video Viscera,” by South Carolina-based artist Charles Clary is a blend of intricate sculptures constructed by layering dozens of vividly-colored, hand-cut, concentric shapes with three-dimensional found objects such as old VCR tape box.
Clary’s creations are the result of a deep personal tragedy—the death of his parents to smoking-related cancers in February 2013. He views the retro-pop culture items as representations of how he escaped into a realm of childhood fantasy and fiction to cope with his everyday realities. The movies and games became the surrogate parents he longed for, and provided him the means to find order in the chaos of sickness and loss. The paper sculptures, which mimic microbes or viral colonies, deteriorate the surface of the objects and grow, much like a cancer, into the interior.