Vanadu by A. Clarke Bedford
“Vanadu”, an art car inspired by the poetically described palace of Kubla Khan as well as by the mansion in the movie “Citizen Kane”, is usually nestled in proximity to it’s home port of “As-sem-blage Co-ttage” (pronounced in the French manner in order to rhyme), also known as “Contempo-by-the-Lake”. The entire entity, resembling a sculpture garden and villa-ette gone mad, seeks to imbue flipped-on-its-head art history with the energy and risk of so-called “outsider” art, an exercise that permeates the inside and outside, the stationary and locomotive, as well as the individual works of art that adorn the site. Visitors are welcome - I'm home a lot these days. Further works can be seen in the link to the adjoining "store" - and yes, they are also for sale.
“Illusion is the first of all pleasures” ~ Voltaire.
For a fuller exploration of the work of A. Clarke Bedford, please visit clarkebedford.com. There you will find the invented histories of William Tecumseh Sherman and the Venus of Willendorf: The Suburban Years; contemporary artist Coleslaw Baklava; F. D. Kalley: The Prince of the American Renaissance; the history of Modernism as seen through imagery of the Argyll Sock and more. Also a biography, exhibition history, reviews and artist statement.
Clarke Bedford received a BA from Williams College in 1969 and an MA from the Cooperstown Graduate Programs in Art Conservation in 1980. Since that time he has been Conservator of Paintings and Mixed-Media Objects at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He has also co-created and taught a course on the History of Painting Materials and Techniques in the Art History Graduate Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has lectured widely on both art conservation as well as his own art, often referencing the relationship between the two. His exhibitions/performances have included commercial galleries in Washington DC and New York as well as public art spaces and college and university art venues. He presently lives in Hyattsville, MD.
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