Bridging the gap between fiction and reality, Kristopher Karklin creates images of figures in simulated spaces through a laborious process combining sculpture, photography and digital manipulation. His work investigates the relationship between fictional characters, referred to by the artist as ‘occupants’, and their habitats. Although seemingly mundane, the actions of Karklin’s occupants suggest the presence of complex psychological narratives that underscore the sparseness of the environments they inhabit.
Born in Manitoba in 1983, Kristopher Karklin grew up in rural Northern Alberta and completed his BFA at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2007. Karklin has been the recipient of several distinguished awards including the 2007 ACAD Board of Governor's Award and the 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award for Emerging Artists.
Karklin’s work has been included in major museum exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Calgary; the Art Gallery of Calgary; and the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton as a participant of the 2013 Alberta Biennial. His work may be found in the public collections of the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts as well as private collections in both Canada and the United States including the distinguished photographic collection of Sir Elton John.
inkjet print, edition of 7
36" x 54"