Alexander Kevin Wrencher – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Title: Silent Eyes Silkscreen and Oil Pastels L80xW90 2014

Title: Silent Eyes
Silkscreen and Oil Pastels

Briefly describe the work you do.

I’m interested in how the past can inform your current feelings; your personality traits and your current behavior are shaped by the past events you have been through. All the experiences that you have been through since you were a little child are dramatically impacting your life right now, even the ones that might seem irrelevant or insignificant. For this reason, the past influence continues to be the main theme behind my work. Currently, I’m at the beginning stages of unfolding my past, examining it, and seeing just how it impacts me.

Tell us a little about your background and how that influences you as an artist.

My mom death is a great influence for me as an artist.  I barely knew  her or who she was,  she was always told me that the past is in the past. I hated that saying because I always thought the was worth sharing and talking about.  As a kid I always loved the stories of others lives, especially family members, but I missed out on my moms stories of her life, she died and so did the story of her.I don’t want that to happen to me.

Title:The Unruly Series: Unruly Scissors. Silkscreen and Oil Pastels L70xW50 2014

Title:The Unruly Series: Unruly Scissors.
Silkscreen and Oil Pastels

The concept of the “artist studio” has a broad range of meanings, especially in contemporary practice. The idea of the artist toiling away alone in a room may not necessarily reflect what many artists do from day to day anymore. Describe your studio practice and how it differs from (or is the same as) traditional notions of “being in the studio.”

All of my critical ideas alway formulat through my writing first, then trickle down into my studio practice. I’m not sure if I have a traditional or nontraditional practices.

What unique roles do you see yourself as the artist playing that you may not have envisioned yourself in when you first started making art?

Actually didn’t see myself as an visual artist!  Never in a zillion years would I have even thought I be where I am, and making the type of working I’m making. Now that I am an artist, I never thought that I would be making autobiographical work.

When do you find is the best time of day to make art? Do you have time set aside every day, every week or do you just work whenever you can?

Whenever I can…I don’t really have a set time of when I make work.

Title:Dear Gloria, Silkscreen, Sewing and Oil Pastels. L48xW38 2014

Title:Dear Gloria,
Silkscreen, Sewing and Oil Pastels.

How has your work changed in the last five years? How is it the same?

My work has significantly involved over the last five years. I started off doing only digital/design base work, now I’m an completely fine arts and printmaking.

Are there people such as family, friends, writers, philosophers or even pop icons that have had an impact on the work you do?

Within my work I’m starting to realize more and more of the influence of The Gaze theory, this interesting concept continues insert itself within my work. It was first developed by Jacques Lacan a french writer and psychoanalyst.

If you had an occupation outside of being an artist, what would that be and why?

I always wanted to be a lawyer.


Wrencher_HeadshotBorn in 1994 in Chicago, IL Wrencher considers himself an interdisciplinary emerging printmaker. Wrencher is currently in his Junior year of study at Milwaukee institute of Art & Design, where he also has an emphasis in design and advertising, with addition to his major, Integrated Studio Arts. Wrencher has also been recognized locally and nationally. His first exhibition was an exhibit in YoungArts Miami Gallery, which was part of the YoungArt National Winner Exhibition. Locally, Wrencher was selected as one of the four-member artist who received an solo at Walker’s Point Art Center. Wrencher will be exhibiting coming this summer in July at Walker’s Point Art Center.

All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission.   


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