Clark Ashton was born in Augusta, Georgia in 1958. He began welding in 1975, and worked as a welder until moving to Atlanta in 1978 where he toiled for wages.
He began creating metal sculpture in his backyard in1989 with no formal training in art. Meanwhile he earned a B.A. in Anthropology and followed with an M.F.A. in Sculpture at Georgia State University. He received Individual Artist Grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts in 1991 and 1994, and from the DeKalb Council for the Arts in 1992, 1995, and 1999. His work has been displayed in numerous regional and national exhibitions.
He maintains a studio and sculpture garden at his Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom on Druid Hill in Decatur, GA containing The Commuter Gallery, where he serves as Mass Minister of The Sweet Holy Church of the Everlovin' eelMAN, manufactures psychic unity, and exhibits the monumental works Boundary, Faith in Industry, The Infrastructure of an Uncertain Future, The Bateman 5000, The Battle of Druid Hill, & The Ascension Machine among hundreds of other works.
Ashton has taught sculpture at The Georgia Institute of Technology, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and The State University of West Georgia. His work also includes painting, video, and performance elements.
In addition to visual art, Ashton performs locally with his roots-oriented band The BooHoo Ramblers which has released 2 CDs . He has also self-published a book, It’s Later than You Think, dedicated to his artwork and associated theories. His work has been featured numerous times in Art Papers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Creative Loafing as well as on several local news programs and The CBS Sunday Morning Show.
His documentary "Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom" premiered at DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival in 2015.
SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
The DeKalb History Center, November 14, 2018 (Reproduction).
Thomas Wheatley (Feature). Clark Ashton has a metal-art museum in hiy yard: The Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom on Druid Hill"Atlanta Magazine, June 8, 2018 Page 20 (Reproduction).
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 18, 2017 Section B Pages B1-2 (Reproduction).
Religion: Material Religion, Macmillan Interdiciplinary Handbooks, pp. 254-255, 2016.
ArtsATL, February 3, 2016(Reproduction).
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 17, 2013 (Reproduction).
Decatur Dispatch, June 2011 (Reproduction)
Niels Ruben Ravnaas (Feature). Prislapp: 65 millioner
Denne saere eiendommen er stappfull av kunstverk, og kan bli din for 65 millioner. Se bildene.
NA24, May 2006. (cover Reproduction).
Art Papers, March/April 2003. pp.28-33. (cover Reproduction).
The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, October 11, 2002. (Reproduction).
Creative Loafing, September 24, 2002
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 5, 2001. (Reproduction).
Dayton Daily News, April 20,1999. (Reproduction).
Troy Daily Press, April 13, 1999. (Reproduction).
Art Papers, July/August 1998. (Reproduction).
The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, May 22, 1998.(Reproduction)
Gwinett Daily Post, March 5,1998, (Reproduction).
Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine, Winter 1998, (Reproduction).
Atlanta Magazine. February 1998. (Reproduction)
Creative Loafing, April 19,1997
Jerry Cullum, (Review). “1997 Atlanta Biennial”
Art Papers, July/August 1997.
Creative Loafing, August 17, 1996. (Reproduction).
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 8, 1996 (Reproduction).
Mark Hinson, (Review) "Tallahassee art scene is up and running"
Tallahassee Democrat, September, 1995.
DeKalb College Chronicle, Spring 1995. (Reproduction cover).
The Birmingham News May, 1995.
Creative Loafing, May 6 1995.(Reproduction).
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, May, 1994.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, August 1994.(Reproduction).
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, January 9, 1994.(Reproduction).
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, August 1994. (Reproduction).
GSU Signal, April 20, 1993 (Reproduction).
Art Papers, Vol. 16 No. 4, July/August,1992. (Reproduction).
DeKalb College Chronicle, Winter/Spring 1993. (Reproduction cover).
The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, October, 1990. (Reproduction).
SELECTED BROADCAST REVIEW
WABE 90.1 FM National Public Radio, April 2013.
WABE 90.1 FM National Public Radio, November 2008.
WAGA Channel 5 Atlanta, Melissa Sander.Dec.1,1997
Good Day Atlanta, LIVE from The Commuter Gallery.
WAGA Channel 5 Atlanta, Melissa Sander. Fox at Five evening news, 2 min.Pkg.
WGNX Channel 46 Atlanta, Aug.19, 1994 VOSB-1 min.