Swope Art Museum: Clifford Tresner "Well, I Saw it Different" Exhibition

  • 05 Aug 2022
  • 30 Oct 2022
  • 25 S 7th St, Terre Haute, IN 47807

Currently on view at the Swope:

Swppe Art Museum
25 S. 7th Street, Terre Haute, IN
(812) 238-1676


Tuesday – Sunday
12 – 5 pm
Closed Mondays

Open late 12pm-8pm on First Fridays.

Clifford Tresner

Well, I Saw it Different

August 5 – October 30

Reception: August 5th, 5-8 pm

“In the simplest terms my work is about questioning. I tend to question everything and doubt the answer. I learned quickly from to temper my questions and accept answers for what they are. In the studio I have freedom to question and doubt. While individual works may deal with specific subject matter, the underlying structure is questioning the nature of relationships. What happens if I do this or that to a material, or place one object adjacent another? I am constantly working out the elements of a composition, balancing what I know of design and craft with fine art practices. When I have provided enough answers via the “art object” I question if I was asking the right things in the first place. Then comes a period of destruction, dismantling, or taking apart. Through this process, I come to terms with my inquisitive nature. I revel in it, and during a cycle of creation and destruction, arrive at an answer I can live with. When making a successful piece, walking the line between its content and form, I realize how interconnected my practice is with all aspects of my life.

My influences are as varied as the way I piece my work together. I take great pleasure discovering other artists’ work, analyzing how they are perceived, and taking what I need from them. All things relative, I borrow my historical perspective, sense of craft, conceptual flexibility, playfulness, and connection to materials from the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Anthony Gormley, David Nash, Cy Twombly, and Leonardo da Vinci. This is by no means a definitive statement, but it is an effective introduction to my work and myself.”

-Clifford Tresner

Current Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10am-5pm.
Saturdays 10am-4pm. Closed Sundays and major holidays.
23 North 6th Street Terre Haute, IN 47807

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