Foreword by James Gunn
Click Mort takes mundane ceramic figures and transforms them into new visions. His unique recombinations require extensive cutting, sculpting, sanding, and painting to create pop-culture 'chimeras.'
The result is kitsch resurrected in a still vaguely familiar but somewhat less cozy form. Click's recapitated figures have found their way into several of the premiere collections of post-pop art via exhibitions in Pasadena, Los Angeles and Waxahachie, Texas
Click's exquisite work has attracted a healthy and ever growing group of collectors who recognize the skill and vision used to create this 'pop-sculpture.' Click's exquisite alterations of antique Rockwell, Hummel, and other miniature gift statuettes require a jeweler's precision. On top of this, he has had a lifetime fascination for oddity, which is as much an asset as his meticulous craftsmanship.
Like his contemporary Ron English, Click Mort's unique methodology is a prime example of art that transcends its origins, elevating kitsch and improving the source pieces, which are works of art in themselves. The term surrealism is often recklessly misapplied in the current post-pop contemporary art market, but Click's pieces are truly of the essence that originally defined the movement in the early twentieth century.
I hope you enjoy what you see in this book. Please look closely at the photos. If you do, they will make you laugh. If you look closer, they will make you feel. And if you look closer still, they will break your heart.
James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy
Click Mort creates ‘recapitated figures’ using the parts of different, pre-existing ceramic figurines to create quirky new hybrid statues. Often imbued with narrative humor, the seamless figures also hold a sense of nostalgia as most of the figures source parts from past eras.
As a gallery director, I'm fortunate to discover many artists at the start of their careers and have an opportunity to collect their work before it skyrockets in price. Still, I usually limit myself to 2 or 3 pieces from my favorite artists. That said, I have 11 Click Mort figurines.