PULSE Contemporary Art Fair | Miami Beach | 2019

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair 2019 | Kyle Bauer, Patrick Harkin & Brian Dunn

Please join Hamiltonian Artists at Pulse Art Fair from December 5 - 8, 2019.

Hamiltonian Artists is pleased to announce “Material Tension” a presentation of three artists who explore material and medium utilizing humor and a high level of craft at Pulse Art Fair from December 5-8, 2019. 

The approach may be baited by a bright buoy, the flash of a camera, or a pastel beach towel. Through critical material choices, the viewer’s body is implicated in the work by being lead to engage with the works physically albeit at a distance, and reconsider the way we interact with art objects. . Each artist, with masterful manipulation of their given craft, toys with the limits of their materials, using them as a signal to substantial content. Kyle Bauer, Patrick Harkin and Brian Dunn hold the space, draw you in, and make you consider the material craft and conceptual implications of the works individually and collectively, and all with a wry sense of humor.

In Bauer’s buoyant and brilliantly crafted structures he lures you in with vibrant color, pattern and form only to reveal disguised ceramic, plaster and wood components on closer inspection. These pieces illustrate a tension between play and precision; details articulating fragility make you reconsider that initial sense of play. The sculptures reflect the artist’s search for an honest form. While his work is anchored in architectural and nautical language, he breaks down these references to their purest representational forms. Bauer aesthetically addresses the applications of architecture and nautical design and its ability to speak a personal narrative. In conversation with Harkin’s interactive photographs, Bauer’s buoys float to the surface of a sinking planet.

Patrick Harkin challenges the photographic process and the idea of the passive viewer in this body of work from the series, “Harvester’s Dilemma.”  The material of this work is embedded with thousands of micro-crystal lenses, whose primary function is to blind the camera. Harkin subverts this function making the complete image only fully revealed with the use of a camera flash. Through this process, the viewer is invited to re-photograph and engage with the material image with their smartphones.  The work explores photography’s role in ideological complacency. Patrick Harkin and Brian Dunn are in dialogue when images in response to the apocalyptic environmental state of the Anthropocene, intersect with the mass consumption and reproduction of images in newspapers and digital media. 

Newspapers are made into deceptively sturdy sculpture, but read nothing but gray, and stand in juxtaposition to trendy beach towels. Manipulating the nature and substance of everyday objects, Brian Dunn’s paintings stand across from Kyle Bauer’s precarious and meticulously crafted wood, ceramic and plaster sculptures. Brian Dunn’s contributions to the booth come from his series of low relief paintings on sheet metal that mimic the forms and surfaces of everyday objects called ‘Sheetz.’ Like Bauer and Harkin, Dunn takes an at first very formal approach to talk about painting. Objects in the series are chosen to reference the inherent flatness, shape and color of painting while toying with our expectations. A newspaper stands on a razor thin edge, a towel displays an uncanny rigidity. The objects in “Sheetz” loosely suggest representation but are not behaving like the objects they reference and in effect conceal the act of painting through painting and its formal elements.


Kyle Bauer (Hamiltonian Fellow 2016- 2018) moved to Baltimore after earning his MFA from Louisiana State University in 2011. Since 2012, he has been the conservation technician of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art. He recently completed a three-year residency at Baltimore Clayworks and is a 2014 Sondheim Artscape Prize finalist, a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant Award recipient, and a finalist for the 2015 Miami University Young Sculptors Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award for which he was awarded third place by juror Ann Barlow, executive director of art in General NYC. He has had recent exhibitions at the Walters Art Museum, Vox Populi, Flashpoint Gallery, Randall Scott Projects, McDaniel College, Arlington Art Center, School 33 Art Center, and Maryland Art Place. Since 2011, Bauer’s mixed-media sculptures and installations have been featured in more than 30 exhibitions in the Mid-Atlantic region and internationally at Galway, Ireland, at The Shed. He was also invited to present at MAP Gallery’s THIRTY speaker series, a program that brings attention to 30 emerging Baltimore artists under the age of 30.

Patrick Harkin (Hamiltonian Fellow 2017- 2019) utilizes installation, video, sound, and photography in his artistic practice. His theatrically staged work investigates themes of commodity criticism and concepts of ideology under contemporary image mediated culture. Cycles of building, destruction, and rebuilding related to the natural elements, especially water and wind, are spotlighted in his work, which stems from his upbringing within coastal flood zones and a close relationship to rising sea levels. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017 and his BFA from the University of Florida in 2015. Recent exhibitions of his work have taken place at Hamiltonian Gallery (D.C.), Virginia MoCA (Virginia Beach), VALET (Richmond), and Gallery Protocol (Gainesville). Patrick was awarded a 2017-2019 Hamiltonian Fellowship and a 2019-2020 Professional Artist Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Brian Michael Dunn (Hamiltonian Fellow 2018- 2020) investigates pictorial abstraction through quantized landscape pattern paintings and through painted reliefs that mimic the forms and surfaces of everyday objects. Dunn received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting from Boston University and a Masters of Fine Art from Cornell University. Dunn was awarded a Mid-Atlantic Arts Council Fellowship to attend the Millay Residency, a Pollack-Krasner Fellowship to attend the Woodstock-Byrdcliffe Residency and the Ellen Stoeckel- Battel Fellowship to attend the Yale-Norfolk Summer Program. Dunn’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the region including Terrault (Baltimore), Nudashank (Baltimore), Automat (Philadelphia), Woskobb Family Gallery (PA) Fjord (Philadelphia), Creative Arts Workshop (New Haven) Gary Snyder Project Space (NYC), Fordham University Lipani Gallery (NYC), Hundred Forsyth (NYC), Public Address Gallery (NYC) and Ventana244 (NYC).

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PULSE MIAMI BEACH

Indian Head Beach Park, 4601 Collins Ave.

Miami Beach, FL 33104

PRESS PREVIEW

Thursday, December 5

GENERAL ADMISSION

Thursday, December 5 1pm - 5pm

Friday & Saturday December 6 & 7

10am - 7pm

Sunday, December 8 10am - 5pm