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If artist Aaron Kramer could have it his way\, there would be no waste! “Trash is the failure of  imagination\,” is his philosophy while he embrace s commonly discarded objects as his  inspiration. Opening on May 23\, Sa lvaged\, Aaron Kramer’s first solo museum exhibition\, offers a peek in to the mind of this full time artist\, and part time alchemist.

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Eq ual parts designer\, artist\, and inventor\, Aaron has been redefining junk since his early  childhood in Chicago. On a mission to rethink and reclaim literally thousands of objects he  sees discarded\, Aaron is simply in awe of things’ hidden potential. When designing his  creations\, he is fascina ted not only by the outward appearance\, but the unexpected origin of  the materials. ‘While I use nontraditional materials\, my work is still rooted in a Fine Craft  tradition. I sometimes like to think of it as “extreme bas ket making\,”’ he adds jovially when  pressed about his apparent connection to his materials.

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A self described Tinkerer\, he blends his inven tor mind with his masterful hands to transform  abandoned street sweeper br istles into whimsical spheroids and amorphous gourds.  Discarded coffee sti rrers morph into intricate and elegant chandeliers\, while wine corks are  crafted into functional furniture. Small or large\, new or old\, and simple or complex everyday  objects are reincarnated by Aaron’s intermingling of the found and the fabricated.

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If artist Aaron Kramer could have i t his way\, there would be no waste! “Trash is the failure of  imagination\ ,” is his philosophy while he embraces commonly discarded objects as his  i nspiration. Opening on May 23\, Salvaged\, Aaron Kramer’s first solo museum exhibition\, offers a peek into the mind of this full time artist\, and part time alchemist. Equal parts  designer\, artist\, and inventor\, A aron has been redefining junk since his early childhood in Chicago. On a mi ssion to rethink and reclaim literally thousands of objects he sees  discar ded\, Aaron is simply in awe of things’ hidden potential. When designing hi s creations\,  he is fascinated not only by the outward appearance\, but th e unexpected origin of the  materials. ‘While I use nontraditional material s\, my work is still rooted in a Fine Craft  tradition. I sometimes like to think of it as “extreme basket making\,”’ he adds jovially when  pressed a bout his apparent connection to his materials.

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A self described Tinkere r\, he blends his inventor mind with his masterful hands to transform  aban doned street sweeper bristles into whimsical spheroids and amorphous gourds .  Discarded coffee stirrers morph into intricate and elegant chandeliers\, while wine corks are  crafted into functional furniture. Small or large\, new or old\, and simple or complex everyday  objects are reincarnated by Aa ron’s intermingling of the found and the fabricated.

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Aaron’s technical expertise and high craftsmanship combined with an innate sense of  function al design harness the potential of ordinary ‘junk’ into wonderful art and f unctional  works. By creating art that often feels playful\, Aaron addresse s the urgent issues of recycling and repurposing everyday materials to sust ain our planet. He encourages us to look  at the discarded as potent and po etic and reminds us that inspiration lay all around us.

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About the Artist
Aaron Kramer received a BFA in Visual Communicat ions from Northern Illinois University in  985. After working as a design a ssociate in Chicago\, he spent over a year traveling the  country on his bi cycle and making collages along the way. He has participated extensively in   craft shows and gallery and museum exhibitions including the Bandini Art Gallery\, the  Smithsonian Craft Show\, and SOFA in Chicago. He has also ha d many artworks featured in  print publications and television programs inc luding Craft Magazine\, Extreme Makeover Home  ddition\, and the Carol Duva l Television show. Aaron divides his time between his wife  and children\, teaching\, and his studio where he is always constructing new forms and fin ding  new ways to change trash into treasure.

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