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Exhibition Detail
Salvaged: Aaron Kramer and the Secret Life of Objects
5814 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036


May 23rd, 2010 - September 12th, 2010
Opening: 
May 22nd, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
, Aaron KramerAaron Kramer
© Courtesy of the Artist and Craft and Folk Art Museum
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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 embraces commonly discarded objects as his  inspiration. 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, 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 fascinated 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 basket making,”’ he adds jovially when  pressed about his apparent connection to his materials.

A self described Tinkerer, he blends his inventor mind with his masterful hands to transform  abandoned 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 Aaron’s intermingling of the found and the fabricated.

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 embraces commonly discarded objects as his  inspiration. 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, 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 fascinated 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 basket making,”’ he adds jovially when  pressed about his apparent connection to his materials.

A self described Tinkerer, he blends his inventor mind with his masterful hands to transform  abandoned 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 Aaron’s intermingling of the found and the fabricated.

Aaron’s technical expertise and high craftsmanship combined with an innate sense of  functional design harness the potential of ordinary ‘junk’ into wonderful art and functional  works. By creating art that often feels playful, Aaron addresses the urgent issues of recycling and repurposing everyday materials to sustain our planet. He encourages us to look  at the discarded as potent and poetic and reminds us that inspiration lay all around us.

About the Artist
Aaron Kramer received a BFA in Visual Communications from Northern Illinois University in  985. After working as a design associate in Chicago, he spent over a year traveling the  country on his bicycle 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 had many artworks featured in  print publications and television programs including Craft Magazine, Extreme Makeover Home  ddition, and the Carol Duval Television show. Aaron divides his time between his wife  and children, teaching, and his studio where he is always constructing new forms and finding  new ways to change trash into treasure.


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