Born in 1977, Eddie Clemens grew up in Rotorua, New Zealand. After graduating from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury in 2000 with a BFA majoring in painting he went on to complete a MFA in sculpture at the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.
In 2006 Clemens won the Auckland City Public Library Light Commission with The Pinball Lanterns, launched in November of 2007. Clemens became the Olivia Spencer Bower artist-in-residence at the Christchurch Arts Centre in 2008 and the following year he was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago.
Recent exhibitions he has been part of include Modern Physics, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Manukau City (2009), Ready to Roll, City Gallery Wellington (2010) and De-building, Christchurch Art Gallery (2011).
Clemens has often used elements of light to great affect within his sculptural practice. His talk at Wellington LUX will span from early works made in 1998-99 while studying at Ilam School of Fine Arts (constructing makeshift interactive computer games from rewired Dicksmith Electronic ‘Knight rider’ kits) and then jumping ten years on into the realm of public sculpture with Pinball Lanterns (Auckland City Public Library). He will also talk about works from more recent exhibitions Captive (Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland) and Delusional Architecture (Hocken gallery, Dunedin) – including a work that was triggered by special effects in James Cameron’s ‘Terminator 2-Judgment Day’.
Clemens is represented by Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland.