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Vincent Fecteau

Vincent Fecteau is known for carefully handcrafting modestly-sized sculptures from everyday materials such as rubber bands, paper clips, seashells, and string, often incorporating these things into papier-mâché or foamcore structures.

With their incongruous forms, unnerving color schemes and various other unsettling elements, Fecteau's meticulously made sculptures belie the many formal decisions made by the artist in completing each work. He has said of his working process, "I like to work on a group of pieces all at the same time, spending long periods just staring at things and trying to activate or access a feeling that somehow relates to what I'm trying to make. …When I'm open to things but not fixed on an objective is when I'm most likely to discover a connection that helps a piece feel more resolved."

Vincent Fecteau was born in 1969. His work was featured in the 2002 and 2012 Whitney Biennials; was included in the group show "Bay Area Now" at the Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, in 1997; and has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Europe and the United States, including one-person shows at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and Kunsthalle Basel in 2015. The MacArthur Foundation named Fecteau a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. He currently lives and works in San Francisco.

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Museum Exhibitions
Crossroads: Carnegie Museum of Art’s Collection, 1945 to Now
Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 22, 2018 - Nov 21, 2021
The Shape of Shape, Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman
The Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Oct 21, 2019 - Apr 20, 2020