Clement Valla is a New York based artist.
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In Mineral Unconsciousness and Unobserved
Inkjet on cotton over CNC milled foam sculpture
2018, Super Dutchess Gallery
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“Mars was empty before we came. That’s not to say that nothing had ever happened. The planet had accreted, melted, roiled and cooled, leaving a surface scarred by enormous geological features: craters, canyons, volcanoes. But all of that happened in mineral unconsciousness, and unobserved. There were no witnesses–except for us, looking from the planet next door, and that only in the last moment of its long history. We are all the consciousness that Mars has ever had.” -Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars

There are forces at work that shape natural forms, and forces at work that shape digital images — and humans have their part in both. These objects, at once images and sculptures, are digital copies of natural objects, minimally touched by human decision. They embody large forces at work that operate invisibly but with great effect.

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