The underlying current in my work is an exploitation of pattern and simplicity in order to structure space, shape, and form. By fracturing basic and often mundane configurations, images achieve a peculiarity that renders them familiar yet unexpected. My interest in these optic triggers is derived from the interaction that occurs as a viewer's eye is forced to take pause and reorganize a particular space.
Clay Mahn is an artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. He received his BFA in painting from the University of Montana’s College of Visual and Performing Arts in 2012. Mahn’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held in a number of private and public collections. Mahn plans on returning to school in the fall of 2015 to pursue his MFA.