Art: Wade Kavanaugh & Stephen B. Nguyen’s “Tempest”
Start Date: August 25, 2013
End Date: August 25, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Exhibit Dates and Times
Exhibit runs from August 10-August 25. Exhibit Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:00PM-8:00PM.
About the Exhibit
Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen transform a gallery at Southampton Center into a sculptural drawing of the ocean floor during a violent storm. The artists crumple, twist, cut and shape colored kraft paper into a massive churning abstraction that conjures the energy of a brutal sea storm. The project is named “Tempest.” The subject matter straddles the realms of the real and the imagined, which for Long Island residents is an image that is at once easy to remember but difficult to articulate.
About the Artists
Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen have collaborated since 2005 and have created more than a dozen works using paper as their primary medium. Their works range from large sculptural objects to warehouse-sized immersive environments that suggest layers of earth, an old growth forest, or the flow of a glacier.
The artists make each new piece in response to the immediate conditions that shape the viewer’s perception of their artwork, and more broadly, the built and natural environments that surround the artwork. In this way, their collaboration has served as a joint platform for investigating the visual references that form the foundation of their audience’s imagination.
Wade Kavanaugh was born in Portland, ME, and currently lives and works between Brooklyn, NY and Albany Township, ME. He received his BA in Economics from Bowdoin College in 2001. Stephen B. Nguyen was born in Little Falls, MN, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BFA for Southern Illinois University in 1999 and a MFA in painting from the University of Victoria, British Columbia in 2002. Together they have exhibited at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA,The Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI, and the Dumbo Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY. They have both been residents at the Macdowell Colony in Peterborough, NH and have received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.
About the Images
Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen, “In Response to Shoshone Falls,” at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, Idaho. 2012. Paper. Photo courtesy of the artists.
Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B Nguyen’s “Drawn From the Everglades”
Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B Nguyen’s exhibit at Massachusetts College of Art and Design
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