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Michael Kaysen

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20110728200309-dscn8212
... As If To Know Where You Are Is To Change Where You Are, July, 2011 Ceramic, Mixed Media 76" X 52" X 40"
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"Untitled", Detail, July, 2011 Ceramic, Mixed Media 76" X 52" X 40"
20110728201119-dscn8202
"Untitled", Detail, July, 2011 Ceramic, Mixed Media 76" X 52" X 40"
20111003175833-dscn8322
Untitled, July, 2011 Plywood, Plastic Laminate, Wire, Plastic, All Found Material 18" X 26" X 7"
20111003180431-dscn8326
"Untitled", Detail, July, 2011 Plywood, Plastic Laminate, Wire, Plastic, All Found Material 18" X 26" X 7"
20111003180846-dscn8325
Untitled, Detail July, 2011 Plywood, Plastic Laminate, Wire, Plastic, All Found Material 18" X 26" X 7"
20111003184650-dscn8329
Untitled, July, 2011 Plastic, Wood, Cardboard, All Found Material 28" X 14" X 2"
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"Untitled", Detail, July, 2011 Plastic, Wood, Cardboard, All Found Material 28" X 14" X 2"
20111003190130-dscn8331
"Untitled", Detail, July, 2011 Plastic, Wood, Cardboard, All Found Material 28" X 14" X 2"
20111003185134-dscn8339
"Untitled", Detail, July, 2011 Plastic, Wood, Cardboard, All Found Material 28" X 14" X 2"
20111003181806-img_0091
Untitled, January, 2011 Metal, Plastic, Hose, All Found Material 4' X 3.5 X 3.5'
20111003183352-img_0094
"Untitled", Detail, January, 2011 Metal, Plastic, Hose, All Found Material 4' X 3.5' X 3.5'
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"Untitled", Detail, January, 2011 Metal, Plastic, Hose, All Found Material 4' X 3.5' X 3.5'
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And Your Bird Can Sing, January, 2011 Plastic, Wood, Paint, All Found Material 36" X 36" X36"
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"And Your Bird Can Sing", detail, January, 2011 Plastic, Wood, Paint, All Found Material 36" X 36" X36"
20110308111120-dscn7713
"Untitled", January, 2011 Plastic, Wood, Paint, All Found Material 15" X 12" X 48"
20110308111246-dscn7716
"Untitled", January, 2011 Plastic, Wood, Paint, All Found Material 15" X 12" X 48"
20110308111404-dscn7722
"Untitled", detail, January, 2011 Plastic, Wood, Paint, All Found Material 15" X 12" X 48"
20110308111501-dscn7723
"Untitled", detail, January, 2011 Plastic, Wood, Paint, All Found Material 15" X 12" X 48"
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"I'll Use It For A Sail (She's Got A Dress)", May, 2010 Concrete, Painted Steel, Wood 6' X 7' X 6'
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"I'll Use It For A Sail (She's Got A Dress)", Detail, May, 2010 Concrete, Painted Steel, Wood 6' X 7' X 6'
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"And The Wind Played A Dreadful Cantata", May, 2010 Wood, Paint, Rope, Steel, Ceramic, All Found Material 4' X 7' X 3'
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"And The Wind Played A Dreadful Cantata", May, 2010 Wood, Paint, Rope, Steel, Ceramic, All Found Material 4' X 7' X 3'
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"And The Wind Played A Dreadful Cantata", May, 2010 Wood, Paint, Rope, Steel, Ceramic, All Found Material 4' X 7' X 3'
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"Garbage On Sunsets (and Home for Birds)", May, 2009 Wooden Furniture, Ceramics, Glass, Iron, Paint, Linen Suit, Video 10' X 12' X 12'
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"Garbage On Sunsets (and Home for Birds)", Detail, May, 2009 Wooden Furniture, Ceramics, Glass, Iron, Paint, Linen Suit, Video 10' X 12' X 12'
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"Garbage On Sunsets (and Home for Birds)", Detail, May, 2009 Wooden Furniture, Ceramics, Glass, Iron, Paint, Linen Suit, Video 10' X 12' X 12'
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"Garbage On Sunsets (and Home for Birds)", May, 2009 Wooden Furniture, Ceramics, Glass, Iron, Paint, Linen Suit, Video 10' X 12' X 12'
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"Garbage On Sunsets (and Home for Birds)", Detail, May, 2009 Wooden Furniture, Ceramics, Glass, Iron, Paint, Linen Suit, Video 10' X 12' X 12'
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Jar, December, 2008 Ceramic 19" X 11" X 11"
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"Jar" (detail), December, 2008 Ceramic 19" X 11" X 11"
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"Jar" (detail), December, 2008 Ceramic 19" X 11" X 11"
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Vase, December, 2008 Ceramic 20" X 13" X 13"
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"Vase" (detail), December, 2008 Ceramic 20" X 13" X 13"
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Vase, December, 2008 Ceramic 28" X 11" X 11"
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"Vase" (detail), December, 2008 Ceramic 28" X 11" X 11"
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Bottle, September, 2008 Ceramic 13" X 8" X 8"
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bottle, September, 2008 Ceramic 12" X 10" X 10"
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pot, September, 2008 Ceramic 11" X 7" X 7"
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"Start Fast, Finish Fast", May, 2008 Slag, Wood, Paint, Twine, Steel 6' X 3' X 2'
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"Start Fast, Finish Fast" (detail), May, 2008 Slag, Wood, Paint, Twine, Steel 6' X 3' X 2'
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"Start Fast, Finish Fast" (detail), May, 2008 Slag, Wood, Paint, Twine, Steel 6' X 3' X 2'
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"The Only Thing Missing Is a Man In a Boat", January, 2008 Installation, Ceramic, Wood, Fiberglass, Paint, Steel 15' X 15'
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"The Only Thing Missing Is a Man In a Boat", January, 2008 Installation, Ceramic, Wood, Fiberglass, Paint, Steel 15' X 15'
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"The Only Thing Missing Is a Man In a Boat", January, 2008 Installation, Ceramic, Wood, Fiberglass, Paint, Steel 15' X 15'
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"The Only Thing Missing Is a Man In a Boat", January, 2008 Installation, Ceramic, Wood, Fiberglass, Paint, Steel 15' X 15'
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"The Only Thing Missing Is a Man In a Boat", January, 2008 Installation, Ceramic, Wood, Fiberglass, Paint, Steel 15' X 15'
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bottle, October, 2007 Ceramic 19" X 7" X 7"
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bottle (detail), October, 2007 Ceramic 19" X 7" X 7"
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pot, October, 2007 Ceramic 12" X 9" X 9"
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bottle, September, 2007 Ceramic 11" X 5" X 5"
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pot, September, 2006 Ceramic 8" X 6" X6"
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Quick Facts
Birth year
1964
Lives in
Hammond, Indiana
Works in
Chicago, Illinois
Schools
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Representing galleries
Tags
mixed-media, installation, traditional, conceptual, sculpture
Statement

My practice has currently taken a two-pronged, parallel approach.  On the one hand, I make very traditional pottery; exploring form and surface. The forms are not predetermined, allowing mood and the clay to guide me where the forms will go. The forms may be around the studio in a bisque state, awaiting glazing, for weeks and then they are fired using either the Raku process or stoneware process. The surfaces are treated in an expressionist, painterly fashion, again allowing mood and circumstances at the time of glazing to determine where the surfaces will go. Each object is one-of-a-kind, existing in it's own right, in it's own space.

On the other hand I make sculptural objects. They are typically made from discarded material or found objects. They are informed by a collage aesthetic. These can be installed alone or in groups. The installations can include stand-alone objects or, as I have come to call them, "elements", "modules" or "bits". There may even be a performative element included in the installation.

I see both "prongs" of the practice as intimately related, intertwined even. Both are ultimately an exploration into what it means to be an "object maker" producing one-of-a-kind, hand made objects during a time when even contemporary art practice tends to reject such activity.

My practice has taken on a "shamanistic" sensibility, consciously trying to elicit something from under the surface of my activity but not sure of what is there. I often let circumstances guide me along threads of thought, fleshing out the creation/production of objects, trusting that the path will become clear as I continue to work.