Kevin is a series about online obsession from collecting and searching to mourning an amateur porn star.
Clary was surfing a pay-per-view pornography website in the 90s when he found Kevin, actual several hundred images of sweaty, hairy raw masculinity. The Kevin installation produced for the Discovery Award at Les Rencontres d’Arles recreated the artist’s desktop at 3,000% — the smallest canvas on panel was 9 feet tall. In front of the jpegs was a sitting area of raw mattresses with a box of porn magazines, including several that pictured Kevin.
Clary made a habit of selecting and openning every Kevin on his laptop — hoping to find that perfect jpeg. This Java software reenacts this action circa 1999 using Mac OS 9 aesthetics. The preview application is caught in a loop of opening and counting in perpetuity until the computer slows. Then freezes. In the end, only the tech remains.
Clary was spellbound to collect all things Kevin, aka Chalm, aka Coach online and in print including an old classified ad that the amateur porn star had posted to connect with other men. He took this as an invitation to find Kevin in-real-life. Writing letters, contacting publishers, and paying for information through websites that sell personal data. It all pointed to an address in New Orleans and just when the artist was about to poster the city Clary received an email. Kevin was dead.
The final work in the series pictures Clary mourning his muse, when in fact this was not the end. Years later, he found IRL Kevin though social media and learned it’s common for retired porn stars to kill their characters so they can escape fans. So instead of reaching out, Clary has continued to pursue the fantasy so that others can project on to Kevin. Because an image is forever undead.