2013, fluorescent lights, wire, bubble wrap, tape, pillow stuffing, rubber, aluminum foil, cardboard, small stool, sound, 84” x 72” x 84”
Brooklyn, New York
Born in 1980, Art Vidrine spent his childhood equally near the swamps of Louisiana and in the mountains of North Carolina. In 2002, he received a BA cum laude in Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina ? Chapel Hill, where he wrote an honors thesis applying reader response theories to dramatic texts. After flying around the world while working for an airline, Vidrine settled in San Francisco and began focusing on his art in 2007. He has exhibited in a variety of venues such as the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art and a yearlong installation at the San Francisco zoo. He is currently a MFA Fine Arts candidate at the School of Visual Arts in New York and lives in Brooklyn.
I want to give flesh to thought; to make palpable the forces that shape how we process information and experiences. The cultural framework we inherit prescribes meaning and intelligibility to things. But how does our relationship to the world alter as our conceptual frameworks are challenged or change? As our lives are increasingly mediated through technology, simulacra, and mass media, how does our physical, experiential grounding within the world evolve? Exploring perception and agency between a viewer and an artwork, my work prods, confronts, conflates, abstracts, and deceives. It seeks to make logical sense of the world while often disallowing itself from actually doing so.