Iʼve been cut open a few times and put back together with new parts. I grew up having surgeries; here and there getting a tune up like a car. Though, I always had to smile. It seemed like the right thing to do. I suppose I know this had a direct connection
to me creating collage art. Like a life of odd omens it gave me the inspiration to translate realities though cutting and pasting.
I like to think of myself as a surgeon working with pieces of paper, cutting out around the edges to make new combinations. Itʼs within these new combinations that Iget to make backdrops to dreams or other scenes. These paper places sometimes
have flowers with faces or mushrooms that are bigger than stars. I try not to take myself too seriously. I like to see people smile when they look at my art.
I find it fun to take apart the staged realities of fashion magazines and the repetitions that pass between them all and put them back together in strange juxtapositions. Itʼs this fun that I like to pass on to the viewers; a little silliness in a serious world, a surreal view of the familiar.
Orion Kugel is a collage artist from Conway, New Hampshire. He attended University of New Hampshire where he majored in English. Upon graduating in 2006, he began creating collages by making album art for his band. Though Collage is his main artistic
avenue, he also enjoys drumming, writing and photography. in 2015 he began collaborating with the contemporary art group, the Femme Fatales of the North. In 2016 he was accepted into WRENʼs LEAP program which has fueled his passion for sharing
his artwork. In 2017 his work won first place at Art in the Park in North Conway, NH. Recently his work has been selected to be represented by an Eaton Fine Arts, and art dealer in Austin, Texas. His art is in many private collections but can also be found at the WREN gallery in Bethlehem, Be Well Studios gallery in North Conway and Revolution Records in Conway, NH. He is currently writing short stories and poems to accompany his art work.
Born in Freemont, CA. Currently lives in Conway, NH.
Education: Batchelor of Arts, Creative Writing, University of New Hampshire
August 2018- Mind Fields- WREN Gallery
July 2015- Deep Sleep Diving- WREN Gallery
Group Shows and Projects:
November 2017- WREN Gallery, Bethlehem, NH- "Launch- Cohort Show"
August 2017- Local Grocer, North Conway, NH- Contributing artist
July 2017- Revolution Records, Conway, NH- Contributing artist
May 2017- The Fabulous Cold Meat Exquisite Corpse, Barcelona, Spain- Collaborative artist
March 2017- Artist Residence in Chapala, Mexico
March 2017- Frontside Grind, North Conway, NH- Contributing artist
February 2017- Denmark Art Center, Denmark, ME- Contributing artist
January 2017- Ellis River Art Gallery, Jackson, NH- "Winter Tales"
December 2016- WREN Gallery, Bethlehem, NH- Small Works Show
December 2016- Poster Art for Way of the Headband Show at Top of the Ninth- Fryburg, ME
June 2016- Poster art for Way of the Headband show at Top of the Ninth- Fryburg, ME
December 2015- WREN Gallery, Bethlehem, NH- Small Works Show
November 2015- Ellis River Art Gallery, Jackson, NH- Small Works Show
July 2015- Facilitator of "Painted Paper Places" WREN Gallery- Workshop mixing painting with collage
July 2015- Photographer for Femme Fatales of the North- Art in Place: Water- Painting on Conway Lake, NH
July 2015- Photographer for Femme Fatales of the North- Art in Place: Tundra- Painting on Mount Washington, NH
June 2015- Photographer for Femme Fatales of the North- Art in Place: Rocks- Painting on Cathedral Ledge, NH
April 2015- WREN Gallery, Bethlehem, NH- Collaborations
January 2015- WREN Gallery, Bethlehem, NH- Artists of 2015
December 2014- WREN Gallery, Bethlehem, NH- Small Works Show
2015- Artistic Journeys- Newspaper column by Cynthia Melendy "Art Explores Psyche"
2015- WLTN Radio, Littleton, NH- Live Interview on Chicks Dishing