Kristof Wickman & Chadwick Augustine "Friend's Bones"


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RARE Gallery presents Friend's Bones, an exhibition of new three-dimensional works by Kristof Wickman and Chadwick Augustine. The joint show is the artists' first exhibition with the gallery.

Exploring the material nature of their practices, Wickman and Augustine imbue everyday objects with an uncanny sense of contradiction. By exposing subtleties of image and surface via the manipulation of forms and mediums, Wickman imparts a sense of heightened reality as well as other-worldliness to his objects. Through a process of deconstruction and inversion of recognizable items, he reengineers them into abstracted, yet familiar, quips on reality.

In a similar exploration of the physical and figurative nuances of objects, Augustine focuses on how individual perception calls attention to meaning and meaningfulness. Intrigued by the margins of archetype and historical record, he creates work that carries with it the language of totemic forms, handmade rugs, headdresses, and ancient pottery shapes, turning them into repositories of contemporary meaning and revealing both the preservation and abstraction of myth as biography.

Wickman received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005, and an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2010. He is the recipient several awards and recognitions including a Tony Smith Fund Award, a Vermont Studio Center Rowland Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and an ArtForum Critics' Picks (2011). His recent solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum (September 16-November 27, 2011), part of the Raw/Cooked series, featured an extensive multi-media sculptural installation. Wickman has exhibited in New York, California, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Augustine received a BFA from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2000, and an MFA from New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in 2004. He has lectured and exhibited at various venues including Usdan Gallery at Bennington College (VT), Arena 1 Gallery (Los Angeles), Hunter College (New York City), and Vox Populi Gallery (Philadelphia).



from March 15, 2012 to April 12, 2012

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