Clayton Cotterell earned his MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2008. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has appeared in numerous publications, including issue five of Aint-Bad Magazine and Unarmed and Arrangements, both small edition monographs published by Ampersand. Recent online features and interviews include This is a Cult, Phases Mag and Eye on PDX: Clayton Cotterell, an interview with Pete Brook of Prison Photography. Cotterell lives and work in Portland, Oregon
Cotterell's two primary bodies of work show an exhaustive commitment to single subjects. In the case of Unarmed, exhibited at Ampersand in 2012, he quietly chronicled his brother's transition from boyhood to manhood as a mechanic/private who served in Afghanistan. Documentary in nature, we nonetheless see in this project certain images that serve as starting points forArragements, an entirely different body of work in which Cotterell's approach revels in the spontaneity of the photographic medium, allowing for succinct encounters with light, color and form to guide both the content and open-ended, sensuous meaning of the work. Cotterell is also an astute practitioner in the mechanics of the medium itself, so his photographic prints, viewed as objects, are endlessly rich in detail, clarity and sensuousness.
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