J e r e m y........T h o m a s........K u n k e l

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  Jeremy Thomas Kunkel, American sculptor, broad based artist known for post modern conceptual work utilizing manufactured objects and artifacts. Working from the entanglements between both art and life, Kunkel's practice has coalesced into a broad approach to both material and making. At a young age, in his father's shop, Kunkel tooled around with metal gadgets, disassembling mechanisms, engines and other found devices. He moved to Los Angeles to study art after serving in the Army as a mechanic, and while doing so traversed through a myriad of other trades that eventually became intrinsic to his art process. After relocating to the east coast he completed his Bachelors of Fine Arts in studio arts at George Mason University, then his Masters of fine arts degree in sculpture at the University of Maryland. Through various forms of collecting Kunkel looks at the manufactured object as the fragmented language intertwined between the individual and the contemporary landscape. The artifact imbued with codified notions of societal hierarchies, cultural norms and other hegemonic rhetoric. Reaching back to moments in his father's shop, Kunkel disassembles both the object and rhetoric, reorganizing through a broad knowledge of craft, creating abstract forms peppered with fragments of visual rhetoric. Conceptually these abstractions are meant to be a reference to the individual, the world, and what traverses between them both. Both his forms and actions in craft are a process of mimicry. As the individual apprehends moments, formulates and responds. Kunkel, informed by societal conditions, crafts sculptural forms, as a vehicle to convey conceptual responses, meant to collide with and disrupt, for a moment, preconceived intuition.

 

 

 

 

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