Bio

Connor Walden (b. 1994) is a conceptual artist from Dallas, Texas and currently lives in Seattle and recently graduated from the University of Washington with a MFA in Three-dimensional Forum (3d4m). Connor also received two degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in Studio Art (BA) and Marketing (BBA). Through sculpture, performance, collaboration, social practice, and video, Connor invites or provokes the viewer to converse with the work, themselves, and their neighbor in order to invigorate spontaneous and established communities. Most recently, Connor works in steel and knitting and color in order for himself and others to see gender, generativity, religion, business, government, and other systems of belief as constructs to be reconsidered, reconfigured, or redoubled.

Artist Statement

Relationships are most important in life and art. Relationships require listening, speaking, responding, holding, acting, playing, waiting, and being. Conversation is the food and play of relationship, which is why conversation is the foundational mode my practice seeks to foster. Through sculpture, performance, collaboration, social practice, and video, I invite or provoke the viewer to converse with the work, themselves, and their neighbor in order to invigorate spontaneous and established communities. Reciprocity and exchange are vital to my work, insisting on a reflexive relationship with the audience in instigating a dialogue with the site- and audience-specific work. The often opposing and multistable beliefs contained in the work are hidden by the harmonious visual aesthetic, supplicating the audience to expose the complications to be played with and seen. My practice deals in revelation—seeing gender, generativity, religion, business, government, and other systems of belief as constructs to be reconsidered, reconfigured, or redoubled. Amused by seemingly disparate approaches of earnestness, tenderness, mimicry, and tongue-in-cheek, my performances decenter the viewer to adjust or confirm their physical or ideological position. Through a play of sincerity and irony, the performances host a slippery foundation for folks seeking an identity to frame their perception of the work. This bewilderment exposes the mystery of Self and Relationship, pivoting people to a place of confrontation, consternation, or conversation.

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Connor Walden

b. 1994, Georgia, USA

Lives and works in Seattle, Washington

 

EDUCATION 

2019 MFA, 3d4m: ceramics+glass+sculpture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2017    BA, Studio Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

2017    BBA, Marketing, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019  “Transitional Objects”, North Gallery, Seattle, WA

2018 “Relic en Route”, Side Note Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016 “God Bless America”, Shed #3, Austin, TX

2016 “Divinitive Logistics Solutions”, Locker95, Austin, TX

2015 “Fresh Rimon (Pomegranates)”, Shed #1, Austin, TX

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2019 “2019 MFA + MDES Thesis Exhibition”, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

2019 “House Cooling”, Townhome Gallery in Magnolia, Seattle, WA

2019 “Cobblestones and Lumber”, SFAI – Fort Mason Campus, San Francisco, CA

2019 “Strange Coupling Auction”, the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA

2019 “Surplused”, Surplus Store at UW, Seattle, WA

2018 “Etudes”, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA

2018 “Strange Coupling”, Columbia City, Seattle, WA

2018 “(insular)”, Ceramic and Metal Arts Building, Seattle, WA

2017 “Teeter”, Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX

2016 “Convention”, ART Building, Austin, TX

2016 “Art by the Pound”, Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX

2016 “Now’s the Time”, Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX

2015 “Generous Art”, the Belmont, Austin, TX

 

PUBLICATIONS

2016 Glass Mountain, Houston, TX

2015 Analecta 41, Austin, TX

2014 Rio Review, Austin, TX

 

PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS

2018 “Lift Off”, University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle, WA

2013 “LIFE II”, Allen Arts Alliance, Allen, TX

 

INTERVIEWS (click for links)

2018 UW Botanic Gardens Blog

2018 Conspiritors Podcast

2017 Arte! Alive