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Garret Kane

My name is Garret Kane, I’m a mixed media artist based out of Brooklyn NY.

This body of work investigates humankind’s ever-changing relationship to nature and technology. I feel that the purpose of sentient life is to enable us to become our own god or gods - as is evidenced in the birth of AI and nanotechnology. Human innovation creates a warped mirror, reflecting our man-made nature and creating an uncanny reality. As technology continues to evolve, humanity will transform to the ultimate form of nature — god itself — and become a construct of an eternal, endless form of vibration, energy and information capable of infinite possibilities. 

My work harks back to art historical traditions of the human form but updates it by exploring the ways technology impacts the human body and our perception of it. Greco-Roman art used science to create perfect forms and followed immutable laws of beauty in order to tell the stories of the heavens. Byzantines created symbolic mosaics of expressionless angelic beings. A new language is constructed by the use of repetition of symbolic forms, androgynous beings, and exaggerated forms. My work suggests themes of myth making, alternate realities and a new religion of science, which I dub as Neo-naturalism. 

Utilizing organic matter, such as found wood, preserved moss, mud, stone, and flowers, and diverse, synthetic materials, my work calls attention to the fragility of the environment and contemporary issues of climate change. I combine innovative 3D sculpting methods with traditional techniques to build a universe complete with its own lessons, fables, and characters. The mediums and techniques are as unlimited and expansive as reality itself with the ultimate goal of expanding my practice to produce immersive experiences involving video, mixed media sculpture and sound. 

As a mixed media sculptor, I strive to capture the fragility and beauty of human nature. It is my ethos that in today’s world, drawing attention to a problem is not enough. The art itself should aim to fix it. That’s why 10% of all profits from the sale of work is donated to the Environmental Defense Fund. www.edf.org

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(b. 1985)
Email: garretkaneart@gmail.com
IG: garretkaneart

EDUCATION
2009 - SVA Continuing Education in Metal Work
2007 - SUNY University at Albany, BA Communications, Art Minor

SELECT EXHIBITIONS
2018 Solo Show, ApArt, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2017 Assisted Evolution, Calligaris, New York, NY
2017 Golemecha Installation, Prow Artspace at the Flatiron building, New York, NY
2016 Mimicri Installation, Prow Artspace at the Flatiron building, New York, NY
2011 Group Show, Ataboy Studios, New York, NY

GALLERY
2016 - Present Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York, NY

RESIDENCY
2018 ApArt Residency, Sao Paulo, Brazil

SELECT PRESS
2018 This is Colossal
2018 Bored Panda
2018 Art by Nature
2017 John Haber, HaberArts