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STEPHEN EAKIN- BEN GARTHUS- CHRIS HELD
Eakin, Garthus, and Held share an interest in creating sculptures that are activated by modular components. Often responding to a desire for organization, and ultimately categorization, these works explore primary formal qualities via found objects, design history, and applied craft.
Stephen Eakin was born in Panama City, Florida during the summer of 1981, and received his MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 2007. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and has exhibited sculpture and installation nationally and internationally. In 2009 he was an artist in residence at Kitchen Budapest, and in 2011 he spent six weeks on the road exhibiting works across the U.S. wth the arts collective Non Solo. Recently he mounted his second solo exhibition in New York City at Honey Ramka in Bushwick titled "Permanent Collection", and will be showing new work this March in "Land After Time" at E.Tay Gallery in TriBeCa.
Raised in rural Wisconsin, Ben Garthus received his MFA from the University of Minnesota and is now a Brooklyn-based sculptor, printmaker and designer. His work has been featured at Honey Ramka, Regina Rex, the Walker Art Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, Grounds for Sculpture and Queens Museum and published in Sculpture Magazine and Public Art Review.
Chris Held (b. 1978, Atlanta, GA) lives and works in Queens, New York. He received a BFA in Furniture Making from the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2006 and an MFA in Sculpture from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2010. In 2007 he co-founded Von Tundra, a design and art collaborative specializing in the design of one-off and limited edition furniture, commercial spaces, and conceptual exhibitions. His work employs the languages of craft, minimalism, and contemporary design to recontextualize functional forms and their associate meanings. Held’s work has been presented in both gallery and commercial contexts, selected exhibitions and commissions include: Knife Hits, Spring Break Art Show, New York, NY (2016), Miami Beach Gift Shop, Satellite Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL (2015), 6/One, White Box Gallery, Portland, OR (2012), Space Post, High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA (2011), Eins, Tapir Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2011), Southern Pacific, Lawndale Arts Center, Houston, TX (2011), High Desert Brunch Club, A-Z West, Joshua Tree, CA (2010), and The After Party, Specific Merchandise, Los Angeles, CA (2010).