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Patrick Kikut Artist Talk and Reception
November 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free and open to the public. Artist talk 4p, Reception begins at 5p.
For the last 30 years I have been exploring and producing studio work that is inspired by my travels through out the West. I consider the whole of the West as my “artistic neighborhood.” Geographically speaking, I define this as an area that reaches from Great Falls, Montana in the North, to Reno, Nevada in the West, down South to Marfa, Texas, and out to Dodge City, Kansas to the East. As I explore this vast landscape I have been interested in the interaction of our ever-encroaching culture upon the edges of wilderness. This “tidal zone” between culture and nature is far from the awe-inspiring, picture perfect and protected landscapes of our National Parks, Monuments and Forests. Here, I often find landscapes that read like an empty stage sets where props are strewn about as the actors have finished their narrative and exited the scene. In this body of work I hope that a viewer can enter into these spaces and get a sense of the rugged and enduring beauty of the West as well as our persistent attempts to exploit and survive on a landscape that is mostly inhospitable and unsustainable for the huge demands of our contemporary culture.
Patrick was raised in a small beach town in Southern California. He left in 1987, earned a BFA from the University of Colorado then went on to earn his MFA from the University of Montana. Currently he is living in Laramie, painting and teaching at the University of Wyoming. Themes in his work often come from extensive highway travel. Patrick explains, “Traveling allows me access into compelling landscapes, stories, and cultures. These things help me gain an understanding of the West and drives the work I produce in the studio.” Kikut’s work is included in the collections of The El Paso Art Museum, The Missoula Art Museum, and The University of Wyoming.