Cameron Clayborn was raised in Memphis, TN and lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. In 2016, Clayborn received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, and in 2018 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. Recent exhibitions include Magenta Plains, New York, NY (2019); Through The Wrong Tongue (solo), Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY (2019); Ralph Arnold Gallery at Loyola University, Chicago, IL (2019); Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL (2019); Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (2018); Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL (2018); Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL (2018); Bawdy (solo), Boyfriends, Chicago, IL (2017); Rover Gallery, Chicago, IL (2017); Lawrence & Clark Gallery, Chicago, IL (2017); and Tritriangle, Chicago, IL (2016).
He makes sculptures, designed objects, music, and performances. The materials in Clayborn’s practice are purposely familiar to objects that exist in the everyday, but hold personal significance such as purses, crop tops, glitter vinyl, insulation, polyfiber and steel. However, the objects quickly reveal themselves to be of a specific function that is intentionally not quite seen or understood