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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. 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 2014 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. He currently teaches painting and drawing at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
 
"My recent work is inspired by visits to an auto salvage yard in Apple Valley where customers pull their own parts. At the site, row upon row of used cars sit in a huge field in various states of disintegration, looted of body panels, engines and other valuable parts. While some of the cars have been involved in accidents, in most cases the damage to the vehicles happened after they arrived at the salvage yard. Engines wrenched from their compartments leave a tangle of hanging cables and wires; dashboards are peeled away to reveal the normally hidden inner workings; and missing doors and seats leave the interior of the car a hollowed-out skeleton. Over the past year I have examined this subject from a variety of vantage points, including portraits of the individual cars and views of their deconstructed exteriors and interiors.

My most recent work focuses on sections and parts of the stripped cars. For me these forms are strongly suggestive of the human body, and there is a disturbing sense of violation in the casual way that the vehicles have been dismantled. I have tried to highlight this figurative reference and to experiment with formal and technical approaches that allow the work to embody the sense of vulnerability, fragility and disfigurement that I perceive in the subject."

 
 


"1938" 2014
conte on drafting film
10.00" x 12.00"
$950.00
"Auto Salvage Drawing Series: Belt" 2014
conte on drafting film
18.00" x 12.50"
$1650.00
"Auto Salvage Drawing Series: Bus in the Woods" 2014
conte on drafting film
12.50" x 15.50"
$1650.00
"Auto Salvage Drawing Series: Collapsed Windshield" 2014
conte on drafting film
12.50" x 18.00"
$1650.00
"Auto Salvage Drawing Series: Emerging" 2014
conte on drafting film
12.50" x 18.00"
$1650.00
"Auto Salvage Drawing Series: Engine" 2014
conte on drafting film
12.50" x 18.00"
$1650.00
"Auto Salvage Drawing Series: Front End" 2014
conte on drafting film
12.50" x 18.00"
$1650.00
"Auto Salvage Drawing Series: Grill" 2014
conte on drafting film
12.50" x 18.00"
$1650.00
"Auto Salvage Drawing Series: Hood" 2014
conte on drafting film
18.00" x 12.50"
$1650.00
"Auto Salvage Drawing Series: Overgrown" 2014
conte on drafting film
12.50" x 18.00"
$1650.00
   

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