Eddie Clemens


The work of Eddie Clemens takes place in the interstices between film, performance, and sculpture. The artist combines fabrication, photography, prototyping, and video editing to unlock unconventional, orthogonal avenues of investigation. His works form an ongoing discussion of the idea that the artefacts of physical culture are carriers of narratives, links in an expansive and cryptic informational matrix that is indistinguishable from the everyday.


Clemens has been the recipient of several commissions and residencies; most notably, Auckland City Public Library Light Commission where he created Pinball Lanterns; The Olivia Spencer Bower residency, The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship and the Youkobo Art Space residency in Tokyo. Key exhibitions include The Obstinate Object, City Gallery Wellington; De-building, Christchurch Art Gallery; Ready to Roll, City Gallery Wellington; Modern Physics, Te Tuhi, Auckland; Reload, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington; and Kiosk: Directors’ Commentary, The Physics Room, Christchurch. Clemens is currently working with Wellington Sculpture Trust on a permanent public sculpture Fibre-optic Colonnade Car Wash. His works are held in the collections of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, The Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, and Société Bic Paris. Clemens lives and works in Auckland.