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Mike Kammerer, Strange Knowledge

Mike Kammerer, Strange Knowledge (2016), birch plywood, acrylic paint, walnut, iron oxide [arc.hive gallery, Victoria BC, Apr 7-23] Photo: wendyd

Mike Kammerer: Strange Knowledge

arc.hive gallery
Victoria BC – Apr 7-23, 2017

Mike Kammerer, Vertical Bands II

Mike Kammerer, Vertical Bands II (2015), birch plywood, walnut [arc.hive gallery, Victoria BC, Apr 7-23] Photo: wendyd

Mike Kammerer, Stromata III

Mike Kammerer, Stromata III (2015), birch plywood, hemp twine, beeswax, welding rod [arc.hive gallery, Victoria BC, Apr 7-23] Photo: wendyd

Mike Kammerer, Stratis II

Mike Kammerer, Stratis II (2015), plywood, walnut, gesso [arc.hive gallery, Victoria BC, Apr 7-23] Photo: wendyd

Victoria’s newest artist-run centre, arc.hive gallery, mandated to support contemporary emerging artists, writers and composers, brings us wood sculptor Mike Kammerer and his Strange Knowledge, an exhibition of 18 undulating sculptural bodies, both cellular and skeletal.

Inspired early by Dada and Surrealism and later by the sculptors Lee Bontecou and Richard Deacon, Kammerer rejected art school to pursue his own vision while, as he describes, working “as a prospector … hiking and bushwhacking alone in the mountains all day, mapping and sampling rocks. It was a real fantasy for me … you end up in this very surreal frame of mind … in a Dali-esque landscape, thinking about movements and collisions which happened over enormous spans of time, and how many different worlds there must have been in between.”

About his art practice, Kammerer writes, that “there aren't many limitations as far as techniques and materials go … I use a variety of grinders, burrs, pneumatic sanders, but also computers and a CNC router (computer numerical control) to deal with large volumes of 2-D cutting. I like building things up using layers to create specific shapes. Forms need to arise from a structure, so that the final sensation of a ‘wholeness’ is the result of … many small parts.”

Christine Clark

 Tue, Apr 4, 2017