A student of such acclaimed artists as Marc di Suvero and John Henry, John Clement’s geometric work follows in a similar tradition of large-scale Constructivist-inspired sculpture, and yet breaks the boundaries of the genre by playing with the ideas of form and space in curvi-linear compositions. His work juxtaposes a variety of playful steel coils and arcs, that, when layered on top of one another, take on a life of their own. While Clement today focuses primarily on large-scale outdoor work, his smaller works are evocative of a parallel but unique joyfulness. Viewers cannot help but think that the works are about to swivel on their bases and spin about in space. The dynamic and dramatic union of form, line, and negative space in each work emphasizes this impression of implied movement.
After receiving a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, Clement studied briefly at New York’s School of Visual Arts before working with di Suvero and Henry in the 1990s. In addition to numerous gallery exhibitions, Clement has also completed many important public commissions and installations across the United States and abroad.