Portfolio: Patrick DeGuira

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Portfolio: Patrick DeGuira

3,000.00

Portfolio Includes:

Cartoon:

(Fate Hunts Luck), 2010

(Beginning of the Beginning), 2010

(Trust Kids Found Dead), 2010

Acrylic & silkscreen on Rives paper, 14 ¾” x 20”  

Statement:

“Artists should restrict themselves to the impersonal description of physical objects… leaving the viewer to guess what is underneath.” Alain Robbe-Grillet

I would describe myself as a figurative artist. An artist, not so much interested in the body, but objects that stand in for the body. Photographs, mirrors, canes, tools, chairs, megaphones, sounds, staircases, ladders, animals, abstractions, and text make up the figure that “acts out” in the work that I construct. I began calling my sculpture, two-dimensional works, and installations “props” several years ago. Like Allen McCollum’s “surrogates” or Marcel Duchamp’s “readymades”, I needed a way to implement various meanings to what I described as art making: which concern the concepts of death, humor, domesticity, and emotional communication. These “props” are constructed to act as a physical or textual device within a narrative (or a conceptual plinth) and can be viewed as things that have been imprinted by a figurative body or figurative language. Another fundamental activity found in my work, is resolving the visual implications of emotion through the use of abstract patterns and phenomenological systems.

education:
1994 B.F.A. MEMPHIS COLLEGE OF ART

1993 NEW YORK STUDIO PROGRAM

HONORS AND AWARDS
2005 VISITING ARTIST. SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS. NY
2002/2003 VISITING ARTIST. WATKINS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

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