Represented Artist

Clifton Childree

Born 1973, Birmingham, AL, United States

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Clifton Childree adores the motion of black and white silent film, and the hiss and crackle of phonograph records.

Selected Works

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Clifton Childree

An analog artist in the digital era, Clifton Childree adores the herky-jerky motion of black and white silent film, its hokey lighting and the hiss and crackle of phonograph records. All these rich textures are anathema in the present moment that worships hyper-smooth seamless cinematography and state of the art CGI illusions. Childree’s affection for simple hydraulics and basic mechanics comes from a deep love affair for the carnival midway, turn-of-the-century arcade, and the broad laughs of vaudeville entertainment. It’s the hand-cranked and slapstick that gets Childree going.


Clifton Childree is a lo-tech devotee is an over-simplification, home-made is perhaps a better term. Childree started making his first super 8 films at nine years old and earlier than that made flipbooks while daydreaming in school. His kindred spirits are the filmmakers Jan Svankmajer, Starewicz, the Brothers Quay, and Guy Maddin. Like them, Childree’s films are an arena for uninhibited eccentricity. They seesaw between the sublime and the profane while shamelessly employing melodrama, blunt humor, and sight gags. His films are doused liberally with scatalogical slapstick such as bare asses, flying poop and over-sized dicks and their quaint toilet humor unleashes repressed urges and drives.


Born 1971 Birmingham, Alabama

Lives and works in Miami, Florida


2020   Storm Inn, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL

2018   Vote Shippy, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

2014   Farting Through Pretzels, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria

2013   Niaga-Rag Follies, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY

2011   Fuck That Chicken From Popeyes, Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria

2010   Orchestrated Gestures, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL

2009   Milahmu Swamp Adventure, Pulse Art Fair installation, New York, NY

2008 It Gets Worse, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, project space, Miami,

2007   Dream-Cum Tru, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

2006 Something Awful, Bas Fisher Invitational, Miami, FL

2005   She Sank on Shallow Bank, Bas Fisher Invitational, Miami, FL




ECLECTIC, The Batz Collection, Vienna, Austria

ARTISTS DRAW THEIR STUDIOS, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL


Dual Roles, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL


Curator, I See The Spotlight In You, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL

Smoke and Mirrors, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

Sunrise / Sunset, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL


MemoryLab, History Miami Museum, Miami Dade College, Miami FL

Exposed, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL


Aesthetics and Values, Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL


Alternative Contemporaneity: TAZ, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL

Group Show, Organized by Galerie Ernst Hilger, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ



Echos Myron, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL


Light Your Night, Miami Light Project, Miami, FL


South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship Exhibition, FAU Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

The Circus as a Parallel Universe, Vienna Museum of Art, Vienna, Austria

Wedding Crashers, Deering Estate, Miami, FL

Sex, DUIs, and Videotape, Site 109, New York, NY


Sight Specific, Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Blue Ribbon, opening film for Pablo Cano puppet show, Museum of Contemporary Art,

North Miami, FL


Here, There and Everywhere, Brot Kunsthalle Gallery, Vienna, Austria




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