When: Opening Reception 6-9 p.m. Aug. 25
Where: Threesquared Gallery, 427 Chestnut Street
Clayton's studio is filled with fabric in various states of disarray. Some pieces are covered with peach and coral fabric roses; some are crumpled and hard, like rawhide. A new series is dark blue and black, almost like a bruise.
But the photographs that she's showing at Threesquared — a makeshift exhibition space inside Dane Carder's studio two floors below Clayton's — have nothing in common with the fabric paintings, and that's kind of the point. During her residency at SVA, Clayton grew dissatisfied with the old studio warm-up practices she'd been relying on in Nashville. An idea came to her when she was walking to her studio in Chelsea one morning — she asked someone if she could pick him up and take a picture of it. It was a satisfying experience, and Clayton decided to make it a series. For the next two weeks, she stopped people on the street — only men, generally large — and set up her camera to snap a photo as she picked them up. At the end of the experience, she was so pleased with the series she decided to show it, and not the paintings she completed as a result of the warm-ups, at her Threesquared exhibit.