Roots

Roots
by Paul Kruger

July 24 - August 16, 2015

chashama 300 Gallery
300 West 30th Street
New York, NY

Opening Reception:
Friday, July 24th, 6-8pm 

Exhibition on view from the street 24/7.

Available for viewing by appointment. See artist contact below.

Paul Kruger works with naturally fallen trees and reclaimed wood, turning them back into tree-like and seemingly impossible formations. In his series titled "Fallen", Kruger uses what he calls "the wooden waterfall" technique to bend and transform this seemingly tenacious material. This is a narrative of looking devastation in the eye and reaching for the strength to start over and believe in the impossible.

About the Artist:
Paul Kruger was born in 1980 and raised in New York City. As a child, he would play along the Hudson River, making swords and walking sticks out of the washed-up driftwood. He studied at the specialized fine art high school LaGuardia, The Arts Students League, and later earned his BFA at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in lower Manhattan.
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In 2008, he began to revisit the path along the Hudson River, now seeing seas of industrial man-made NYC driftwood left for waste. He became enthralled with the possibilities of where the pieces came from, what they were in their passed lives, and what he could transform them into. He began recycling the driftwood into sculptures. As he fine-tuned his craft, in 2012, he took on bigger projects, using wood from fallen trees across the nation. He paired the natural wood with industrial steel bases and created the design company "Fallen Industry" furniture made from fallen trees. His work has been featured on NY1 News, Daily News, Crain's Business and NY Magazine to name a few.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the artist at hello@fallenindustry.com.




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