random walk #1
assemblage, 17.25"x15.25"x2", 2018, NFS
This is part a new series of wall hangable sculptures I began last year. The pieces are collected through a process of random whimsical walks through the city while exploring spaces and secret shortcuts.
Aubrey Birdwell is a Seattle based artist working in diverse mediums. Influenced by the materials - especially the waste of industry and the built environment - he shapes discarded and abandoned objects into a commentary on place, permanence, and urban human’s quest for meaning in a sea of symbols and detritus.
Winding through forty some-odd states and growing up on the highways and flea markets of America led me from Louisville, Kentucky to Seattle, Washington, which I have called home since 2007. I acquired a deep appreciation for artistic installations, folk and otherwise through my early experiences: peddling objects with my mom at roadside venues; living at hippy compounds, and places like Hubcap city, a highway sideshow boasting the world's largest collection of hubcaps. In Seattle, I have collaborated with various art groups, including Implied Violence and New Mystics, in which I continue to act as a member, artist, and curator.