Thanks for coming. Since there is no art without audience, I couldn’t do this without you.
Good art challenges one’s perception. If I challenge the assumptions of my audience; if I upset their paradigm even a little and leave them trying to incorporate my images into their world view, then I’ve done my job. I have caused my audience to think, not just on an intellectual level, but on an emotional one as well. We all need our assumptions of the world and our place in it shaken up from time to time.
To engage my audience, I create images that are compelling on a story-telling level. With my choice of subject matter, I endeavor to present more questions than answers. I provide, say, three out of five elements of a story and then expect my audience to take it from there. If my audience participates in the creative process in this way, they carry the experience beyond the picture plane, and I’ve succeeded in creating something more than a portrait, landscape, still-life or frozen action scene—I have helped to create something much more memorable and rewarding.
This blog will contain many different kinds of expression, but what I hope most is that it will become a dialog with you about imagination—not just my imagination, but yours. I will present here images and ideas that are open to interpretation and hope that you will offer commentary that provides a glimpse of how your imagination reacts to them. Thanks in advance for your participation.
Alan M. Clark grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and was educated in San Francisco. He is most known for his illustrations for fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, young adult and children’s books. His awards include the World Fantasy Award and four Chesley Awards. As a writer, he has sold short fiction, nonfiction and three novels. Visit his web page and online store… www.alanmclark.com
* The title Imagination Fully Dilated comes from the anthologies, Imagination Fully Dilated, edited by Elizabeth Engstrom and I and published by Cemetery Dance Publications, Imagination Fully Dilated Volume II, edited by Elizabeth Engstrom and published by my company, IFD Publishing, and Imagination Fully Dilated, Science Fiction, edited Robert Kruger and Patrick Swenson and published by Fairwood Press and Electric Story. The stories that are contained within these volumes are by some of the best authors out there. These writers each used one of my paintings as inspiration for the stories they contributed. The artwork appears in the books with the stories. For more information… Imagination Fully Dilated Volume II on ALANMCLARK.COM
—Alan M. Clark