Ian Trask

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Ian Trask is a scientist-turned artist. His sculptures transform materials of waste and commercial byproducts into refined aesthetic objects through an alchemistic procedure of reinterpreting a material’s value and usefulness.

Ian received his degree in biological science from Bowdoin College in 2005, and then worked several years as a technician in various research labs. In 2007 Ian decided to leave the world of science to pursue a career in fine arts. Leaving his job in the laboratory, Ian worked as a hospital groundskeeper cleaning up trash daily, an experience that proved to be formative in his artistic development. Ian saw the artistic potential in the waste he was confronted with everyday and quickly began working with discarded manufactured goods as the main platform for his pieces.

Ian has been an artist in residence at the Wassaic Project, the Invisible Dog Art Center, and most recently at the Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation. He has presented solo shows at the Invisible Dog Art Center, the Recession Art Gallery, and the Coleman Burke Gallery.

American. Based in Brunswick, ME.


Available Works

Blister Pact, 2015
INSTALLATION (shown at the Invisible Dog Art Center)

Artist: Ian Trask
Dimensions: 16’ x 16’ x 14’
Materials: Thermoformed plastic packaging and ethernet wire.

About: Thousands of plastic packages were sourced from consumers / producers in the artist’s community and woven together into a towering monument to tell the story of the sensitive state of our environment and the divergent possibilities of the human legacy. Drawing inspiration from the architecture and glyphic writing systems of ancient burial memorials, Blister Pact presents a physical narrative of the community’s consumer patterns today. The production of this project was sponsored by the Invisible Dog Art Center, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, and 99 Kickstarter Backers.

Proceeds Benefit: 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of this installation will go to Friends of Casco Bay *Price does not include shipping + installation costs

Price: $60,000 USD
(Price does not include shipping or installation costs.)

 

Purple People Eaters, 2012
MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE

Artist: Ian Trask
Dimensions: 12” x 12”
Materials: Mixed media collage made with plastic pantone chips and discarded plexiglass.

Proceeds Benefit: 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of this installation will go to Friends of Casco Bay

Price: $1,000 USD
(Price does not include shipping or installation costs.)

 

Sub-Zero Cool, 2012
MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE

Artist: Ian Trask
Dimensions: 10” x 11”
Materials: Mixed media collage made with a blister pack container.

Proceeds Benefit: 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of this installation will go to Friends of Casco Bay

Price: $600 USD
(Price does not include shipping or installation costs.)

 

For purchasing, high resolution images or other details, please contact itrask@gmail.com

To learn more, please visit www.IanTrask.com