Image rights: Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery
About Brent Wadden
Equally as inspired by the handcrafted as he is disheartened by the glut of cheap products fueling consumerist culture, Brent Wadden produces paintings and weavings full of striking, abstract, geometric patterns that foreground the work of the hand. “I draw inspiration from all over, but mostly I’m attracted to objects that are handmade and have some kind of special quality to them,” he describes. “It’s hard to explain, but I can admire a Picasso just as much as a crusty wooden lawn ornament my uncle made in 1987.” This appreciation for both folk and canonical art is apparent in his textile-and-acrylic paintings. Wadden begins by gathering second-hand and salvaged synthetic and natural textiles, which he recombines into beautifully textured weavings. He then patches these together to create compositions that stand as formidable challenges to the ethics and aesthetics of unchecked consumption.
Canadian, b. 1979, Nova Scotia, Canada, based in Vancouver, Canada