Tim Rickett | The Dogs of War

May 14 - September 12, 2021

Visual Arts Center | Shultz Gallery 

The Dogs of War is a tale of what happens when the seams of society come undone and madness takes hold, with an absolutely uncanny similarity to our own world. The exhibit brings satire and a familiarity of popular kids toys to a fantastical military parody.

Artist Statement:

The Dogs of War are a compilation of conflicting ideologies that reflect events from the real world through playful and humorous investigations of our contemporary society. More than a fictional universe which has been developing in my’ head since 2019, The Dogs of War are a stern warning of the dangers inherent in the lust for power and treats. It is a tale of what happens when the seams of society come undone and madness takes hold, with an absolutely uncanny similarity to our own world. The series brings satire and a familiarity of popular kids toys to a fantastical military parody. Though the making process began as a fun play on words with toys, kit bashing and miniatures, the sculptures quickly turned into a controversial conversation about our world. By combining toy culture to present day observations of the world including politics, economics, anthropology and the epistemology of war, the sculptures act as an caricaturist outlet. This is common in toys and can transport the owner through various forms of play, observation and imagination. The Dogs of War reign as the military might in a fantasy world of my own creation. By using tactics of endorsement through propaganda posters, toys, miniatures and history, the underlying messages within each sculpture is re-presented as an art object.”

-Tim Rickett

Artist Bio:
Tim Rickett is a collector and creator of the unusual. Rickett describes his work as ‘bricolage’, a French term, recently popularized by artists such as Tom Sachs and mockingly employed to affect a pretentious air upon a style of art that essentially uses found objects or sometimes even just junk. Rickett brings a different level of abstraction to the tradition by working with discarded toys, cut-up and expertly re-sculpted and repurposed. The inherent cultural references that the toys lend each sculpture is actually where the symbolic subtext of Rickett’s work is most apparent. If his subconscious is talking to us through his art, his inner child is without doubt the ring leader. Spending most of his life in Western Nebraska, he is influenced by railway life, toys and miniatures. Rickett creates quirky, macabre sculptures and collages shaped by fantasy and industrial aesthetics. He graduated from Hastings College in 2016 with a BA in Studio Art with a focus in sculpture and completed his MFA at East Carolina University in 2019. He is currently working as an adjunct instructor and resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Visit the Shultz Gallery today to see this unique take when popular kids toys and the military combine. 

Several of the pieces displayed in this gallery are available for purchase. For more information, please contact the Visual Arts Center at 605-731-2493 or visualartscenter@washingtonpavilion.org.

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