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 BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2003. His work has been shown in recent international group exhibitions such as The Art Show – Art of the New Milliennium in Taguchi Art Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, Gumma, Japan; Bienal de Curitiba 2017, Paranaense Art Institute, Curitiba, Brazil; Stitch, Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH; Making & Unmaking, Camden Arts Center, London, UK; High Anxiety: New Acquisitions, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL; Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada.  He has presented solo shows at Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany; Pace Gallery, London, UK; Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium and Paris, France, and has upcoming exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver, Canada and at PKM, Seoul, South Korea.  

All images © Brent Wadden.