Wade-Kavanaugh

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Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen (USA) - 473 Inches at 60 Frames/Second. Paper and wood, 20 x 25 x 14 (2009)

Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen, both based in Brooklyn, NY have collaborated since 2005. They continue making work together because their collaborative process has given them a platform to articulate the collective processing of what they see and to continually re-question visual foundations such as memory, perception and imagination. The process of questioning at the root of their collaboration has encouraged experimentation and play that might otherwise not exist in their individual artistic practices.

[more Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen | artist found at darksilenceinsuburbia]

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WADE KAVANAUGH + STEPHEN B. NGUYEN

brooklyn based wade kavanaugh and stephen b. nguyen have created a massive paper sculpture for the art center of sun valley in ketchum, idaho. this site-specific installation titled ‘in response to shoshone falls’ spans over 6 meters (20 feet) in each direction. the two artists, who have been working with each other since 2005, are best known for their large-scale sculptures that fill entire rooms with twisted paper materials. their paper environments often resemble forests and trees, surrounding the viewer and adapting to the construction of their space by climbing up walls and suspending from ceilings.

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Using just paper and wood, Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen created massive paper tree sculptures that appeared to be growing from floor to floor! Called White Stag, it consisted of thick white paper that was twisted, crumpled and draped until it resembled tree bark and roots. By showing the work on two floors, the artists gave the illusion that the trees were outgrowing their space, bursting through the ceiling and floor.

White Stag was part of MASS MoCA’s 2010 exhibition, “Material World: Sculpture to Environment,“ where each sculptor’s goal was to create the extraordinary out of the ordinary. One of the museum’s visitors, Jeromy McFarren, described White Stag this way:

"The paper tree structures possess the weight and roughness one would expect of such a forest. There are niches, twisting roots, and hollowed cavities that viewers are encouraged to walk amongst and climb into. The viewer leaves the industrial room, enters a nature found in fantasy, and is immediately transported to a new headspace. Though it inspires awe and wonder, White Stag’s immensity and close spaces instill a sense of claustrophobic oppression, as if the sculpture could envelope and smother you in its tendrils.”

This piece I found when I was looking for sustainabilityart work and I liked what they had do and how they did it, plus it looks cool.

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 Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen - Tug O’ War

Installed at Carnegie Mellon University 2012.

Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen, both based in Brooklyn, NY have collaborated since 2005. They continue making work together because their collaborative process has given them a platform to articulate the collective processing of what they see and to continually re-question visual foundations such as memory, perception and imagination. The process of questioning at the root of their collaboration has encouraged experimentation and play that might otherwise not exist in their individual artistic practices.