Biography

b. 1979, Nova Scotia, Canada
Lives and works between Vancouver and Berlin

Brent Wadden’s woven paintings seek to entangle the traditional divisions between folk art and fine art. Composed of woven fibers, sewn and mounted on canvas, the artist’s abstract works complicate the painterly notion of surface, while reconsidering the concept of the handmade. Wadden typically uses second-hand fibers including wool, cotton, and acrylic to create his visually jagged, yet simultaneously mutable geometric constructions. Conscious of the density and tension of his materials and practice, Wadden’s focus on form seeks to physically meld the aesthetic gender and status roles associated with craft and abstraction. The resulting paintings reference both a structural life and planar presence, which further seek to rework notions of space and mark-making.

Brent Wadden was born in 1979 in Nova Scotia, Canada.  He currently lives and works between Vancouver, Canada and Berlin, Germany.  He received his B.F.A. from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2003. His work has been shown in recent international group exhibitions such as Mingei: Are You Here?, Pace Gallery, New York (2014); Abstract America Today, Saatchi Gallery, London (2014); Frauen, die Asstellung, curated by Elena Brugnano and Lena Ispen at Autocenter, Berlin (2014); WITH SMALL WORDS, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (2014). He has presented solo shows at Mitchell Innes & Nash, New York (2015); Peres Projects, Berlin (2015); Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels (2014); and Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels (2013).

All images © Brent Wadden.