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kyle-patnaudeThe University of Wisconsin- Whitewater’s Department of Art and Design welcomes Kyle Patnaude, sculptor, and metalsmith to campus October 5 – 7, 2016 offering workshops, student critiques to UW-Whitewater metals and jewelry students and a public lecture. Grandchildren’s University and Alloy funded this visiting artist. Patnaude will give a free public lecture on Thursday, October 6, 2016, in the University Center room 275A.

 

Kyle Patnaude completed his BFA degree in Sculpture from Pratt Institute in 2006. In 2013 he received an MFA in Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Patnaude is a sculptor based in the rich tradition of metalsmithing, combining contemporary sculptural forms with the skill and elegance of precious metalworking. His work explores the political and humanistic qualities of an ever-present “queerness” through coded objects of the mundane.

 

Artist Statement: Qualities of “queerness,” or what one might call “identity,” is a winding course. In my work, an attempt to look for an inward “queerness” has found the lens to project outward. There is a fine line between me and we, so little in fact that the personal will undoubtedly volte-face back to the world. This contradiction in “identity,” as presented through art and life, shapes the complex and elegant forms of my work. Objects in the external world of public restrooms, city streets and parks, provide for the subtext of distinct themes in their “queerness.”
Yet for all the qualities of an object maker — my obsession with material and a skilled hand– the manner in which I create requires more than that hand. I must engage in collecting and interpreting the intimacies of anthropological, sociological, cultural and personal queer histories. The task at hand is then to uncloak the non-communicability of meaning behind these things into understandable and potent imagery.

 

Kyle Patnaude’s schedule is as follows:

 

Wednesday, October 5 Student Critiques with the artist in the Greenhill Center of the Arts room 2054 -1:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Thursday, October 6 Advanced Student Workshops in the Greenhill Center of the Arts room 2054 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Die forming, cold forging and other advanced techniques)

Thursday, October 6– Public Lecture in the University Center room 275A – 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday, October 7 Advanced Student Workshops in the Greenhill Center of the Arts room 2054 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Die forming, cold forging and other advanced techniques)

 

The public lecture on Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 pm in the University Center room 2054 is free and open to the public.