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Art Watch : Garret Kane

Garret Kane is our Art Watch Artist for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across nay discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and worth watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by. Or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art Watch. 

Kane’s works speak not to the battle between Man and Nature, but the symbiotic relationship. Where Man wants to go back to nature. How does Man achieve this? According to Kane’s works, technology is not a tool to take us away from our ‘natural’ and essential self. But a means, or a path to recreate nature in our own image. This dichotomy is explored by Kane through the process of assemblage. Where, from time to time he uses technology as a fusing or intermediary tool of creation.

Garret is a multi-dimensional artist who is a sculptor, animator, as well as a writer, based in Brooklyn, New York. Through his work, he explores the confluence of art, nature and technology and the effects on humankind and the world. During his childhood and adolescence, he engaged several hours being immersed in his own imagination and drawings. The world of science fiction was an early inspiration. And on close inspection of his themes and works – one can see that Garret loves to explore and understand the other through science.

Why Garret Kane?

His work is contextualised in contemporary themes that invoke issues of present times like climate change. Garret strives to capture the fragility and beauty of human nature, and as a mixed media sculptor he is able to largely achieve this objective. As a part of his process he meticulously adds wood, rocks, crystals, leaves, flowers, and other materials which really bring life to these figures. These subtle organic pieces perfectly capture the beauty and fragility of nature. However, it is the artists ethos that in today’s world, drawing attention to a problem is not enough. The art itself should aim to fix it. Though he likes to keep it low key, the artist is known to donate a percentage of profits from artwork sales to environmental charities.

Kane graduated from SUNY Albany and first began a career in advertising. While working as Creative Director for over a decade, he studied traditional and 3D sculpting techniques. When he chose to follow his passion for creating art – this would be the medium of choice. Garret designed the characters with a digital sculpting tool called Zbrush. Currently, Garret is immersed in writing his science fiction novel and the characters are based on his sculptures. Ultimately, he hopes it will be adapted into a series of interactive videos that are shot with a mix of in-camera sculpture and 3D animation.

“This body of work investigates humankind’s ever-changing relationship to nature and technology. Human innovation creates a warped mirror, reflecting our man-made nature and creating an uncanny reality.” Says the artist Garret has held several solo exhibitions, installations in New York’s Flatiron building, a residency in Brazil and an upcoming residency in Mexico City, since he left advertising to pursue sculpture full-time.


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