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Perpetual Recombination

Ian Trask | Solo Exhibition

Opening this Saturday is the much-anticipated Perpetual Recombination, featuring new works by Ian Trask. Trask is a Recession Art alumni and has contributed to our exhibitions since the very beginning. Aside from this, Trask has been a contributor to the art community at the Invisible Dog in Brooklyn, which is where his studio is located.

Ian Trask is a sculptor who uses mainly discarded materials in his work. Some of his more recognizable works include those containing swirls of industrial belts. They are often arranged on a surface to create looping patterns, reminiscent of the inner-workings of a midwestern factory or the gears in a piece of electronics. For someone who creates such refined work; artwork that truly transforms his original material, Trask has actually very little academic training as a sculptor. He graduated with a degree in biological science from Bowdoin College in Maine in 2005, and came to new york to pursue a life as an artist. His experiences working as a framer, working in fabrication, and being surrounded by an industrious environment in the city have all contributed to the formal qualities of his work, including how he thinks about materials.

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Alum turns from biology to New York art scene

an article in the Bowdoin Orient by Linda Kintsler

When Ian Trask graduated from Bowdoin with a degree in biology, he was not the one to bet on to become an up-and-coming sculptor. He now regularly sells artwork around Brooklyn and Chelsea, and is preparing for his first solo show in New York this November.

Trask, 29, left the College in 2005 as a biology major having taken only a handful of courses in the visual arts. Seven years later, he is a notable emerging artist, part of an ascendant cohort of young American artists with an environmentally conscious aesthetic. Trask’s art is made almost entirely of found objects; group shows that he has been featured include “Trash Talk” and “No Money No Problem,” a Recession Art show.

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Why Weren’t You in Wassaic This Weekend?

Hyperallergic  post by Allison Meier

It was in 2008 that the first Wassaic Project Summer Festival was staged in the old mill by the railroad tracks in the hamlet of Wassaic, New York. Since that debut, each year has attracted more and more visitors for the three-day event, as well as increased engagement with the local community that has seen this once condemned but historic structure transform into a contemporary arts magnet.

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Indoor/Outdoor Collective Exhibit

group show at WECREATE NYC

WECREATE NYC is not like any other workspace in, we are constantly exploring new ways to create a space that is inspiring, makes people feel good, and catalyses ideas. Recent evidence shows that the easiest way to influence people is through their environment, therefore how we design the space is very important. We decided to collaborate with BklynHaus for two reasons, one they are local artists and two for their colorful art.

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Selected for CurateNYC

CurateNYC online exhibition curated by Kevin Stayton

Curate NYC is a juried exhibition and online platform that exists to heighten exposure and opportunities for New York City visual artists. The project also helps promote New York City’s image as a vital cultural hub.

One of the guest curators, Kevin Stayton of the Brooklyn Art Museum, included my piece 1-900-Pantone in his online show.


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Imagination comes alive at Figment NYC

InsideNewYork review of the 2011 Figment Festival in NYC

When I reached an art piece at the NYC Figment Festival, currently ongoing through Sunday at Governor’s Island, I was compelled to stomp on it. Not on the grounds of any aesthetic opposition, but because the artist had told me to. The card accompanying the art read: ‘Ignore your instincts and follow your heart/please feel free to step on the art.’


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featured on Swiss-Miss

Swissmiss is a design blog and studio run by Tina Roth Eisenberg. Besides swissmiss, she founded and runs CreativeMornings, TeuxDeux, Tattly and her coworking space called Studiomates.


“This piece called Temptation by Brooklyn based Ian Trask made me chuckle. (He’s done some amazing work as Artist-In-Residence at the Invisible Dog Gallery in Brooklyn!)”

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From Heaps to Whole

Coleman Burke Gallery Portland

From Heaps to Whole is an experiment in trash reappropriation. Scoured mostly from the sidewalks of New York City, the cardboard used for this project is a testament to our modern day’s unsustainable cycle of consumption and disposal. Like a phoenix rising from ashes, beautiful shapes, patterns, and structures are born from discordant piles of street trash. Inspired by Ken Wilber’s writings on creative emergence, evolution, and transcending old conventions, From Heaps to Whole aims to readdress the question: “What is waste?

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Invisible Dog, Off Leash and Reimagined

 New York Times article by Melena Ryzik

Ian Trask, a 27-year-old artist making the transition from a career in science, first came to Invisible Dog in November for a Recession Art show. At Mr. Zayan’s invitation, he spent three months scavenging in the basement. He turned coils of canvas belts into a three-dimensional painting, which now hangs over the building’s freight elevator. Another piece, a 162-foot cardboard worm, is stored downstairs.

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