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Bio

Austin Caswell (b. Denver, CO 1996) is an artist primarily working in sculpture and installation. He received a BA in Integrated Visual Studies as well as a BA in History from Colorado State University and is currently pursuing an MFA in 3D and Extended Media at the University of Arizona. He has been a fellow at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, the University of Arizona, and was a resident at the Lionel Rombach Gallery in Tucson, AZ.

Caswell has exhibited across the United States in venues such as the West Valley Art Museum in Phoenix, AZ, parkeraleman-El Paso Community Foundation in El Paso, TX, the Museum of Art- Fort Collins in Fort Collins, CO, and 311 Gallery in Raleigh, NC. He was studio assistant to artist Andrew Dufford in Denver, CO in 2017. Caswell also holds professional experience as a studio instructor, carpenter, landscape designer, and fabricator.

 

Statement

 

Capitalism has become the overarching context for how we engage and understand the world around us. It shapes our internal narratives, collective motivations, and visions towards the future as systems of value are established and reinforced over time. In many ways, capitalism has become a compounding entity that we are so close to that it is challenging to envision alternative ways of being or a life outside of it.

In my work, I hope to understand more of how capitalism possesses potentially problematic frameworks for how we approach and reckon with the evolving, human-driven material world. To accomplish this, I utilize a combination of speculative sites for alternative realities and imaginations, organic material transformations, mystic connections, and models and structures exploring habit and thinking contexts. The result is a body of work that plays with time, materiality, mental and physical space, and methodologies of working and thinking that are fraught with pitfalls stemming from our economic base and guiding superstructures.

Austin Caswell, Summer 2024

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