Sean Cassidy

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What Is My Work About? 

Its an activity. Not a linear one. Like thought. The works I create all serve to document the space between their materialization and their emergence. They represent the thoughts that tie things together, or, spiral things apart, forming new ideas and relationships.

 

Artist Statement

I am drawn toward ubiquitous objects, environments, and the materials that construct them. Rather than use them as-is I try to remake or reformulate them. Often it has little to do with what these things are but how they feel. By remaking and representing these objects and materials I try to describe how these things might affect us in ways outside of language.

Often my work incorporates either intervention or amendment to the space the work is received. This activity interests me in the ways it can at once conceal the artistic operation as well as aggregate it into the preexisting function of our built environment. This has a way of calling attention to details and confusing authorship in abstract ways that I find valuable, allowing secondary narratives to bump up and spiral off, creating new meaning, or interrupting a static POV that might miss what is out of frame.

I like to view my art as an activity, the work often being the materialization of my thoughts and questions. Works become research projects that collapse back into their field of investigation. This being said, I find that books, sequential documentation and collected images, help me communicate this activity. I consider these to be an important part of my work.

 

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EDUCATION

2006 BFA in Studio Art, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

2014 MFA in Studio Art, University of Clifornia Irvine, Irvine, CA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition, CAC Gallery, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA

Still Life w/ Alligator, Office Hours, Los Angeles, Ca

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 Ideal Territory, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013 UCI 2nd Year Group Show, UAG Gallery, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA