Artist Talk by Clement Valla
December 1, 2016
Reilly Gallery, Smith Center for the Arts
Clement Valla is an artist and programmer interested in processes that produce unfamiliar artifacts and skew reality. Valla works within systems, applying a ‘programmed brain’ that pushes problem-solving logic to irrational ends. His recent work examines copies, repetition and reproduction markets, including those related to PCG’s own Reilly Gallery space and operations. This work explores the tension between individual creativity and the influence of systems and networks on the individual.
Valla received a BA from Columbia University in 2001, where he studied architecture. After working for architects in the USA, France, and China, Valla began using computers and digital technologies in his own work. He studied the intersection between art and computer programming at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Digital+Media MFA program.
He has collaborated with a number of artists, architects, designers, scientists and archaeologists, developing novel uses for digital technologies. His work has been shown and published internationally. He is currently a full time faculty member in the Foundations Department at RISD.
It is generously supported by the Art & Art History Department at Providence College.