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Michael Kareken
updated: 05/06/2013
website: www.michaelkareken.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Auto Salvage Yard Series: Suspension
Auto Salvage Yard Series: Engine #1
Auto Salvage Yard Series: Engine #2
Auto Salvage Yard Series: Engine #3
Auto Salvage Yard Series: Stripped
Auto Salvage Yard #1
Auto Salvage Yard #2
Auto Salvage Yard #3
Scrap Yard Series: Magnet
Scrap Yard Series: Magnet Triptych #1
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Engines #1
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Engines #2
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Bottles #1
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Bottles #3
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Paper Pile With Water Cannon
 
Portfolio Keywords:  urban, landscape, consumer culture
 
 
Auto Salvage Yard Series: Suspension by Michael Kareken
Auto Salvage Yard Series: Suspension
Ink, charcoal & conte crayon on paper
2012
30 " x  36 " 
Auto Salvage Yard Series: Engine #1 by Michael Kareken
Auto Salvage Yard Series: Engine #1
Gouache, acrylic ink and conte crayon on paper
2012
30" x  40" 
Auto Salvage Yard Series: Engine #2 by Michael Kareken
Auto Salvage Yard Series: Engine #2
Gouache, acrylic ink and charcoal on paper
2012
22" x  34" 
Auto Salvage Yard Series: Engine #3 by Michael Kareken
Auto Salvage Yard Series: Engine #3
Gouache, acrylic ink and charcoal on paper
2012
0" x  0" 
Auto Salvage Yard Series: Stripped by Michael Kareken
Auto Salvage Yard Series: Stripped
Gouache and charcoal on paper
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Auto Salvage Yard #1 by Michael Kareken
Auto Salvage Yard #1
Conte on drafting film
2011
18" x  24" 
Auto Salvage Yard #2 by Michael Kareken
Auto Salvage Yard #2
Conte on drafting film
2011
18" x  24" 
Auto Salvage Yard #3 by Michael Kareken
Auto Salvage Yard #3
Conte on drafting film
2011
18" x  24" 
Scrap Yard Series: Magnet by Michael Kareken
Scrap Yard Series: Magnet
Conte on mylar
2009
20 " x  18 " 
Scrap Yard Series: Magnet Triptych #1 by Michael Kareken
Scrap Yard Series: Magnet Triptych #1
Conte on mylar
2009
11 " x  27 " 
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Engines #1 by Michael Kareken
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Engines #1
Conte on mylar
2009
16 " x  20 " 
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Engines #2 by Michael Kareken
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Engines #2
Conte on mylar
2009
16 " x  20 " 
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Bottles #1 by Michael Kareken
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Bottles #1
Conte on mylar
2009
16 " x  20 " 
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Bottles #3 by Michael Kareken
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Bottles #3
Conte on mylar
2010
20 " x  20 " 
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Paper Pile With Water Cannon by Michael Kareken
Scrap Yard Series: Scrap Paper Pile With Water Cannon
Conte on mylar
2010
18 " x  20 " 

Artist Statement

My recent work is inspired by visits to an auto salvage yard where customers pull their own parts.  The yard contains row upon row of used cars in various states of deconstruction and disintegration, looted of engines, seats, body panels and other valuable parts.  Some of the cars have been involved in accidents, their crushed bodies 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; and missing doors and seats leave the interior of the car hollowed out, a bare metal skeleton.

The Auto Salvage Yard Series contemplates the subject from inside and outside, including exterior views of the stripped cars and close-up details of their inner workings and structure.  The interior views in particular contain echoes of the human body -- the cables, hoses, and metal frameworks suggesting tendons, nerves and bones. The work is a continuation of my exploration of industrial scrap and recycling imagery, including series depicting scrap metal, glass and paper.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION:

MFA  Brooklyn College, CUNY (1986)

BA  Bowdoin College (1983)

Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (1988)

Yale University Summer School of Music & Art (1982) 

GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS: 

McKnight Artist Fellowship (2009)

Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship (2007, 2000, 1996)

Bush Foundation Fellowship (2000)

Arts Midwest Fellowship (1994)

Ludwig Vogelstein Fellowship (1993)

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1990) 

Millay Colony for the Arts Fellowship (1988) 

SELECTED AWARDS:

Ralph Fabri Prize for Graphics, National Academy of Design (2002)

Printmaking Award, National Academy of Design (2000)

Louise Nevelson Award, American Academy of Arts & Letters (1997)

Childe Hassam Purchase Award, American Academy of Arts & Letters (1997)

Drawing Award, National Academy of Design (1996)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

Scrap, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (2009)

Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2010, 2007, 2005, 2002, 1999, 1997)

Furlong Gallery, University of Wisconsin/Stout, Menomonie, WI (2000)

First Street Gallery, New York, NY (1996)

SELECTED RECENT GROUP EXHIBIITONS:

Common Sense; Art & the Quotidian, The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN (2010)

Touch: A Survey of Contemporary Drawing, The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN (2009)

The Practice of Drawing; Selections from the Weisman Art Museum, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2008) 

Art on the Plains Biennial Exhibition, The Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND (2008)

A Terrible Beauty, Grey McGear Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2006)

Go Figure, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY (2005)

Uncany Visions; Contemporary Romantic Landscapes, The Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND (2004)

177th Annual Exhibition (Invitational), New York Academy of Design, New York, NY (2002)

SELECTED COLLECTIONS:

The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN

The Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN

The Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN