Kyle Fokken

Some Assemblage Required
August 26 - September 27, 2013

  2013 Fokken artwork

Exhibit Notes

APEX Gallery launches the fall, 2013 semester with the exhibit “Some Assemblage Required” by artist Kyle Fokken, to run through Sept. 27.

Fokken weaves his fascination with vintage toys and mechanical objects throughout the exhibit, combining atypical elements to create captivating sculptures. Yet, upon deeper analysis, many of his seemingly whimsical adaptations of found objects take on a deeper meaning. Referencing greater issues in society and raising questions about long-held beliefs, Fokken’s attention to detail and his consummate crafting of the final product gives this work broad appeal.

Fokken grew up relatively poor in a small farming town where a “make do” ethic and aesthetic was instilled. Out of necessity he would rescue other children’s discarded toys and plastic models from the trash. However, he rarely stopped at a simple reconstruction. Rather he labored to give a fuller context to his found toys, enhancing their wear and tear and including them in historically correct dioramas.

His youthful reassembling was put on the back burner while he worked on his M.F.A. in ceramics and pursued various careers in arts education, administration and fundraising. With the support of his wife and family, he has returned to being a full-time artist. Over the past 10 years, his work has shown internationally and garnered awards, grants, commissions and rave reviews.

archive 2013

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