Split Ends features two groups of paintings that celebrate slowness: slowness in looking and slowness in making. These works allude to a high speed world dominated by immediate access to anything, from sourcing information on the internet to our ability to capture and store images at a moment’s notice. These works wonder what constitutes an image and call attention to the relationship between the image, the thing that we can hold in our mind, and the object that holds or supports it.
Douglas Degges (b. 1986, Louisiana) is an artist living and working in Chattanooga, TN. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa and has been an artist-in-residence at the Millay Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. His work has been exhibited at The Shed Space, Brooklyn, NY; ArtHelix, Brooklyn, NY; John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY; Material Art Space, Memphis, TN; Southfork, Memphis, TN; Mild Climate, Nashville, TN; Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA; The Factory, Seattle, WA; Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA; Whitespace, Atlanta, GA; Columbus State University, Columbus, GA: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. He currently teaches at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.