Kai Wasikowski is a Sydney-based artist who’s work considers what it means to be ecologically aware. Utilising photography, readymade materials and multimedia, Wasikowski draws together aesthetic signifiers of technology and nature to explore the increasing intimacy of these binary terms and the emotional environments their meshing creates.
Wasikowski completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours with University Medal) at the Sydney College of the Arts in 2016 and was awarded the Deans Award for Honours and the 2016 Artereal Gallery Mentoring Award. Wasikowski’s work was recently shown in ‘Hatched: National Graduate Show’ at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts where he was awarded the 2017 Schenberg Art Fellowship.
Solo exhibitions include; Lux, the Corner Cooperative, Sydney, 2015 and Taking Liberties, Photo Access, Canberra, 2015. Recent group exhibitions include Nice One Picasso, Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, Sydney; Habitual Ritual, ANCA Gallery, Canberra, 2016; Ideally Yes, Interlude Gallery, Sydney, 2016; Objectifying Elsewhere, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne 2015. Wasikowski has also exhibited in various emerging artist awards including the Young Artist Initiative, M. Contemporary, Sydney, 2016, Exploration 16, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, 2016 and was the recipient of the 2016 Art Month Sydney Emerging Artist Award, held at the Galeries Victoria, Sydney.
In December 2017, Kai presented his first solo exhibition at Artereal Gallery. Titled Moments of Love and Apathy: Part 2, the exhibition presented a new body of work spanning photography, video and hydrographic printing.
In 2018 Kai’s work was included in Lifeblood at Grace Crossington Smith Gallery as curated by Sean Morris; Tongues at Peacock Gallery as curated by Isabel Rouch; Non Human Being at Tributary Projects as curated by Grace Blake; Oceans from here at Australian Centre for Photography as curated by Allison Holland and Trompe-l’œil at Sullivan+Strumpf in Singapore as curated by Mikala Tai. In 2018 Kai was also a Finalist (and had his work acquired) in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award at HOTA Gallery, Gold Coast.
Kai is currently working towards forthcoming solo exhibitions in 2019 at Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria; Artereal Gallery, Sydney and Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney. He is also a current finalist in the 2018 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Artist Fellowship at Artspace in Sydney.