My Name Is Chastain
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, the train terminus and cultural capital of the southern United States, "Chastain Bernard" Clark was exposed to art, people, and ideas from around the world at an early age. Always obsessed with the energy of Atlanta and bolstered by the freedom of expression found in such a diverse place, Chastain began to channel such influence into paintings. Further inspired by abstract expressionist painters of the 20th century, their observation of emotion and war, Chastain draws parallels to his own life. He has become known for stark black and white designs that incorporate expressive movement and physical elements such as rope and twine sutures, a body of work he describes as Abstract Depressionism. Such aesthetics reflect the contrasts by which we know the world, as we may only know something by the character of it's opposite, and thus, its equal.