BECOMING NOMADS: KEVIN CYR
Becoming Nomads is an exhibition by Kevin Cyr that explores themes of what it means to be autonomous, or at the very least an adventurer. The work is an expression of self-reliance, and investigates mobility, habitats, and housing. It ranges from drawings, paintings, photographs, and scale models to a full-size camper sculpture towed by a Raleigh 3-speed bicycle.
It seems to be a human instinct, for some, to be constantly on the move, always seeking a better, freer existence. In Becoming Nomads, still life paintings celebrate objects included in the shelters, vehicle paintings depict camper vans found across the US, and diagrammatical drawings emphasize the functional aspects of the mobile sculptures. Many of the pieces are based on the idea that they can be transported to a desired location, allowing inhabitants to call anywhere home.
Kevin Cyr was born in 1976 in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada, and grew up in Madawaska, Maine. In 2000 he received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Cyr is currently based in Portland, Maine. His paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations have been exhibited by galleries and museums internationally. His work is included in the permanent collections of La Fondation d’Art Oxylane in Lille, France, and the West Collection in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Cyr’s work has been featured in publications such as Desillusion magazine, Juxtapoz magazine, Huffington Post, and the New York Times.