Kristof Wickman's exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, the first in its new Raw/Cooked series focused on emerging Brooklyn artists, runs from September 16-November 27.
How do you start a new piece? It usually doesn't start with the idea so much, it starts with the object and the physical properties of the object. Usually, if I can figure out a way that one material yields to another material in a fun way or an elegant way, that's what drives me: how one or more things interact with each other, and what push and pull can occur.
Certain objects recur in several of your pieces; what makes you return to an object or a form? I think it's a humorous quality to an object paired with an elegance that I like. And if something's crappy and falling apart, I think maybe I could transform it and make it more solid by casting it, to keep that humorous quality about it. If something looks sad or crummy, or funny, or sexy—it would be awesome if I could find something that's a combination of all those things—that's what I'm attracted to: the overt physical qualities of the objects.
Is there any over-arching theme to this exhibition? Yeah, it wasn't intentional, but there's a theme of seating: chairs, tables, feet, butts, and noses. And then there are some pumpkins, I don't know where those fit in. Maybe it's safe to say it's themeless, but there's a good number of elements of seating, tabletops, wooden folding tables, chair bases, backrests of a love seat, and stools. I realized last week that there's a lot seating going on.
Photos Emmanuel Cruz