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Ken Wiatrek

Exhibitions

Apr 21 - 30, 2023
Ken Wiatrek
Space Where Space Was

Biography

Ken Wiatrek, aka kenconsumer, lives and works as an artist in Berlin, Germany. His artistic endeavors constitute an ongoing exploration of existence, with emphasis on the essence of Being Anything. Through a combination of hand-drawing, digital techniques, and machine-driven processes, his creations deliberately blur the distinction between human and mechanized production. Beyond his artistic pursuits, Ken actively engages in various facets of the art world. He serves as a Founding Tender at tender.art, founded and directed SP2 Contemporary in Berlin, and contributed to The Texas Firehouse in New York. Additionally, Ken hosts Arbitrarily Deterministic, a conversational podcast that delves into the practice and concepts of creators operating between art, technology, and popular culture.

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Selected Exhibitions- Solo
Photos That Made Themselves, San Jacinto College (Pasadena, TX) 1996
If, Then: Current Task, Goldenen Pudel (Hamburg, DE) 2010
If, Then: (Die) Liberate Binary, Galerie Auf Halb Acht (Hamburg, DE) 2011
640 is More than Enough, BowWow (Skive, Denmark) 2011
Planned Relics, Cardoza Fine Art (Houston, TX) 2014
Space Where Space Was, SP2 (Berlin, DE) 2023

Selected Exhibitions- Collaborative
On The Mat- Aurora Picture Show (Houston, TX) 1999 with Robert Deeds
48 Hours of Art and Music Festival, Project Row Houses (Houston, TX) 2004 with Danny Kerschen
1mballo, City Centre Warehouse (Faenza, IT) 2008 with Rusko
Advances in Archeology, POW Gallery (Hamburg, Germany) 2009 with Susanne Fehenberger, Felix Wangerin and Brandon Davis
Die Reliktion, Golden Pudel Club (Hamburg, Germany) 2009 with Christiane Blattmann
Enneagram Brazil, Universidad Catholica Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil) 2009 with Brandon Davis and students
Enneagram Bolivia, Dikonia Universidad (Santa Cruz, Bolivia) 2009 with Brandon Davis and students
Advances in Living Conditions, Dockville Festival (Hamburg, Germany) 2009 with Susanne Fehenberger and Brandon Davis
Maschine Eins, Dockville Festival (Hamburg, Germany) 2010 with Jonathan Gröne, Michael Schieben, and Hakan
Lairs (Get It), Elektrohaus (Hamburg, Germany) 2011 with Julia Viebranz

Selected Exhibitions- Group
Photography Show 1996, Beaumont Art League (Beaumont, TX) 1996
PostContemporaryPopMovement, CSAW (Houston, TX) 1998
Photography Show 1998, Beaumont Art League (Beaumont, TX) 1998
Senior Thesis Exhibition, Dishman Art Gallery (Beaumont, TX) 1998
New Work, New Artists, River Oaks (Houston, TX) 2001
Shirts and Skins, CSAW (Houston, TX) 2001
Wiggley Mop’s Guerilla Room, CSAW (Houston, TX) 2001
Come Meet Me Here, RAW Space (Houston, TX) 2001
Eye of the Beholder, OneTen Studios (Houston, TX) 2002
Hello, My Name Is, OneTen Studios (Houston, TX) 2003
SPACE, Commerce Street Artist Warehouse (Houston, TX) 2003
Trailer Park, Kerschen Trailer (Deer Park, TX) 2003
Political Poster Show, Project Row Houses (Houston, TX) 2005
Temporary Contemporary, The Orange Show (Houston, TX) 2005
Common Thread, Northline Mall (Houston, TX) 2005
Grand Opening Show, Texas Firehouse (Long Island City, NY) 2006
Back to School, University of Maine at Augusta (Augusta, ME) 2008
Shit Where You Eat, Texas Firehouse (Long Island City, NY) 2008
The Illiad AKA Pies vs. Chili, The Space (Long Island City) 2008
LAmerika, Harburg Exhibition Space (Hamburg, Germany) 2008
Concentricity, The Space HQ (Long Island City, NY) 2009
All Aboard Future, Secret Project Robot (Brooklyn, NY) 2009
Independance Day 2009, Alte Kindl Braurei (Berlin, Germany) 2009
Family Unit, Elektrohaus (Hamburg, Germany) 2010
Product of Exchange 1, Alte Kindl Braurei (Berlin, Germany) 2010
Product of Exchange 2, Texas Firehouse (Long Island City, NY) 2010
Support Your Local Heroes 3, Galerie Auf Halb Acht (Hamburg, Germany) 2011
Moraltarantula5, Zollamt (Hamburg, Germany) 2011
All Dread Set, Cardoza Fine Art (Houston, TX) 2012
Support Your Local Heroes 4, Galerie Auf Halb Acht (Hamburg, Germany) 2012
Silence Is A Lie, SEZ (Berlin, Germany) 2012
Baltic Raw- Open Museum, Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg, Germany) 2012
LAmerika2, Sammlung Falckenberg (Hamburg, Germany) 2012
All My Clean Friends and Lovers (FandLinU), Perla Moda (Zurich, Switzerland) 2012
Final Show, Texas Firehouse (Long Island City, NY) 2013
Trippy Hippy Pastorale (FandLinU), Schloss Karlsdorf (Graz, Austria) 2013
Cardoza West, Pop Up (Austin, TX) 2014
Artworks in the Dark, Keith (Berlin, DE) 2016
Artworks in the Dark 2, Keith (Berlin, DE) 2017
Artworks in the Dark 3, SP2 (Berlin, DE) 2018

Selected Grants, Residencies and Awards
Center For Big Bend Studies Residency (Sul Ross State- Alpine, TX) 2003
2004 BBAP XMAS TREE (Buffalo Bayou Art Park- Houston, TX) 2004
CACHH Grant Recipient (Houston, TX) 2005
Enneagram of Personality (Recife, Brazil and Santa Cruz, Bolivia) 2009
Artist in Residence, Krabbesholm (Skive, Denmark) 2011
Artist in Residence/Guest Instructor, Talent Academy for Art and Design (Holstebro, Denmark) 2012
Artist in Residence, Islington Mill (Manchester, UK) 2013

Music (Performance and Recording)
The Sugar Beats 1999- present
Soviet Army Chorus 2004- 2005
Indian Jewelry 2004- 2008
Eystek 2005- 2007
Terrible Eagle 2007- present
Consumer Worship 2013-present

Education
Associates Degree, Communications
San Jacinto College (Pasadena, TX) 1995
Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Studio Art with Emphasis on Photo and Digital Media
Lamar University (Beaumont, TX) 1998
Post Baccalaureate MFA Program, Studio Art
University of Houston (Houston, TX) 1999