Mining Creativity From a Secondhand Store: The Clayton Brothers at Mark Moore Gallery

August 20, 2014 2:38 AM

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Mining Creativity From a Secondhand Store: The Clayton Brothers at Mark Moore Gallery

On August 16, the Clayton Brothers opened their first solo exhibition at Mark Moore Gallery, titled "Open to the Public". Before the opening, the collaborative duo gave an informal talk moderated by critic Shana Nys Dambrot and Aaron Smith, associate chair of Art Center College of Design, where he and the Claytons earned their BFAs. Dambrot began the lecture by relating an anecdote in which she referred to Smith as "the third Clayton brother," as he is a close friend of the brothers, and once shared a studio with one of them. (Superficially, he also resembles them in manner and style so much that he appears to be related.) At that time, the brothers worked separately; it was not until 1998 or 1999 that they began collaborating. As Dambrot and Smith have both known the Claytons for many years, they knew what questions to ask in order to elicit the otherwise reticent artists to discuss their ideas and influences.

The entire show was inspired by Sun Thrift, a thrift store in Sunland near their studio. The Claytons first went to the store about three or four years ago. Amazed by the people and objects they would find there, they eventually came to visit the store about three times a week, documenting their for...

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