On 3rd Friday in January, Kiosk Gallery presents Volumes, a solo exhibition of mixed media collage by Craig Deppen Auge. These works reference bookmaking, design, quilting and craft, while exploring myriad possibilities of latent meaning inherent in the collage process.
Concepts of memory, dreams, inner landscapes, and spiritual time emerge from personal narrative and ritual, often incorporating elements of chance. As I investigate the lineage of abstract visual language, new poetic motifs emerge, combining rhythmic patterns in harmony or dissonance with organic forms and textures. In my work I explore relationships; the relationship between objects, material, shape, color and markmaking. These gestures offer both subtle and immediate reflections of my relationship with others and what we call reality. Nature, phosphene imagery, myth, and urban decay, as well as the patchwork quilts and makeshift aesthetic of my Appalachian childhood inspire the work. The repetitive triangle symbolically unifies past, present, and future; mind, body, and spirit.
In my practice, I think of collage in terms beyond simply a medium or technique. Collage effectively interprets the hidden or secret, remembrance and revelation. Combining seemingly unrelated components leads to mysterious, yet familiar expressions of déjà vu. The very act of layering produces mercurial snapshots that manifest a sense of time-space continuum; meditations on the tenuous relationship with the present moment. Art is the evidence of our existence.
Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, Craig Deppen Auge is a multimedia artist and designer currently based in Kansas City, Missouri. He has exhibited work in solo and group shows throughout the U.S., including The Billboard Creative Q1 Show in Los Angeles, and locally at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. He has participated in numerous collaborative projects, including New York-based Satellite Collective’s Telephone: An International Arts Experiment. His art has been featured in several print and digital publications including Art Yellow Book #2, Sprung Formal, Gambling the Aisle, Duende Literary Journal and Blacklist Journal.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 18th, 6-9 pm
Show runs through: March 7th
Open hours: 12-6 pm Fridays, 12-4 pm Saturdays, and by appointment.
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