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Kareken, Michael

Michael Kareken, a Tacoma, Washington native, moved to Minnesota in 1993 after ten years of studying and working in New York. Since his arrival in Minnesota, Kareken has been the recipient of grants and awards from the Bush Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, The McKnight Foundation, Arts Midwest, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Vogelstein Foundation and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Kareken was the 1997 recipient of the Louise Nevelson Award for Art from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and in 2000 won an award for printmaking from the National Academy of Design. Most recently, Kareken received a 2011 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. He currently teaches painting and drawing at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
 
My recent body of work is inspired by visits to an auto salvage yard where customers pull their own parts. Some of the cars have been involved in accidents, their smashed windshields and deployed airbags evidence of violent collisions. In most cases, however, the damage to the vehicles happened after they arrived at the salvage yard. Engines wrenched from their compartments leave a hanging tangle of cables and wires; dashboards are peeled away to reveal hidden inner workings; missing doors and seats leave the interior of the car hollowed out, a bare metal skeleton.

This exhibition includes several series of paintings and drawings, each investigating the subject from a variety of vantage points. Close-up views explore details of the stripped cars. The interiors and parts contain echoes of the human body – the cables, hoses, and metal frameworks like tendons, nerves and bones. Another series of paintings focuses on shattered windshields, several of which are painted from the driver’s point of the view. In these works I wanted to contrast a feeling contemplation and stillness with the violence implied by the subject. A group of small paintings portray the character of the individual cars despite the obvious evidence of their deconstruction."

 
 


"Auto Salvage Yard #2" 2011
conte on drafting film
17.00" x 24.00"
$1850.00
"Auto Salvage Yard #4" 2012
conte on drafting film
17.00" x 24.00"
$1850.00
"Auto Salvage Yard #5" 2012
conte on drafting film
17.00" x 24.00"
$1850.00
"Auto Salvage Yard #6" 2011
conte on drafting film
17.00" x 22.00"
$1850.00
"Bathroom Conversation 5/10" 1999
drypoint
6.75" x 7.75"
$350.00
"Bonfire 13/30" 1998
etching
9.00" x 8.00"
$400.00
"Haybales 3/10" 1997
intaglio
12.00" x 15.50"
$560.00
"Salvage Yard Series (G)" 2012
oil on panel
12.00" x 16.00"
$900.00
"Slide 10/20" 1996
intaglio
16.00" x 24.50"
$600.00
"Stripped" 2012
oil on panel
18.00" x 24.00"
$2500.00
   

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