Clarke Bedford comes from Hyattsville, Maryland. As a professional, he spent his career in the Smithsonian, where he worked as a conservator of art. However, he also enjoys exploring different materials to create his own art. These materials, for most of us, can be defined as “eccentric” – to be put bluntly. He admits that he finds art in thrift shops and junkyards, and uses various pieces to decorate his home, his studio, and even his car (which actually runs on the street).
Bedford says, “It’s making a whole thing that has a whole feeling out of individual parts and allowing the individual parts to still show their individuality and their histories and their feel and all that. So you get the overall and then you can start to look through it and see the things. I think that’s a modernist notion.”
Peter O’Day, a neighbor of Bedford, says, “People stop all the time and they stop in the middle of the road and take pictures all the time. It’s curious, it’s quite curious. Every time I look at his stuff, I see something I hadn’t seen before. When I have guys come over to do work or whatever, they’re always saying, ‘Wow, what is that?!’ People either hate it or love it. That’s how I know it’s art.”
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