Tarik Kiswanson, recently relocated to New York, is a multimedia artist whose practice shifts between with abstraction and figuration. Whether on paper or with steel, Kiswanson works within a vernacular of cuts and joins. His practice is keenly attentive to the moments when the line between abstraction and figuration begins to slip. For Kiswanson, his works are “reductions” of forms and portraits, informed by identity, dualism and loss. Kiswanson is represented by Almine Rech Gallery in Paris, where he had a solo show in 2015.
Kiswanson will be presenting a new commission for Performa 17. He has exhibited his work internationally in group shows and solo exhibitions at Carlier Gebauer, Berlin; Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc Roussillon Midi Pyrénées, Sérignan, France; Musée national de Céramique-Sèvres, Paris; Le Pavillon Vendôme Centre d’ qart Contemporain, Paris; Les Bains-Douches, Alençon, France; Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France; Riga Art Space, Latvia; and Metropolitan Art Society, Beirut.
Tarik Kiswanson was a 2016 resident of the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, NY. He will be participating in the ISCP Fall Open Studios November 4-5. 2016.
About Tarik Kiswanson
Tarik Kiswanson transforms sculpture into a highly experiential artform. Using highly reflective stainless steel and polished brass, Kiswanson’s pieces effectively become mirrors that encompass the exhibition space and surrounding viewers. Even air circulating in the gallery or vibrations from spectators stomping feet can make some of his more thinly cut bands of metal sway in response. With the obviousness and responsiveness of his structures, he borrows from Minimalism. In his rejection of simplified geometry and form, however, Kiswanson ushers in a new type of abstract sculpture.