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Randal Wilcox
updated: 04/24/2011
website: www.RandalWilcox.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Self-Portrait as a Pair of Art-Collectors
Self-Portrait as a Pair of Civilian-Casualties
Self-Portrait as a Porn-Actor
Self-Portrait as a Vigil-Ante (II)
Self-Portrait as a Newly-Wed (III)
Self-Portrait as a Vigil-Ante (I)
Self-Portrait as a Murder-Victim
Self-Portrait as a Dead-Politician and His Wife-in-Mourning
Self-Portrait as a Pair-of-Surgeons
Self-Portrait as a Tap-Dancer
Self-Portrait as a Therapist
Self-Portrait as a Pair-of-Students
Self-Portrait as a War-Lord and His Army
Self-Portrait as a War-Lord and a Child-Soldier
Self-Portrait (Template)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  autobiographical, conceptual, figurative, gender/sexuality, humor, narrative, political, portraiture, psychological, race
 
 
Self-Portrait as a Pair of Art-Collectors by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait as a Pair of Art-Collectors
watercolor, graphite, acrylic & saliva on paper
2011
18" x  24" 
Self-Portrait as a Pair of Civilian-Casualties by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait as a Pair of Civilian-Casualties
watercolor, graphite, ink & saliva on paper
2011
18" x  24" 
Self-Portrait as a Porn-Actor by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait as a Porn-Actor
watercolor, graphite, acrylic & saliva on paper
2011
24" x  18" 
Self-Portrait as a Vigil-Ante (II) by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait as a Vigil-Ante (II)
watercolor, graphite, acrylic & saliva on paper
2011
24" x  18" 
Self-Portrait as a Newly-Wed (III) by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait as a Newly-Wed (III)
watercolor, graphite, acrylic & saliva on paper
2010
18" x  24" 
Self-Portrait as a Vigil-Ante (I) by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait as a Vigil-Ante (I)
watercolor, ink and saliva on paper
2009
24 " x  18 " 
Self-Portrait as a Murder-Victim by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait as a Murder-Victim
ink, correction fluid and saliva on paper
2008
17 " x  14 " 
Self-Portrait as a Dead-Politician and His Wife-in-Mourning by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait as a Dead-Politician and His Wife-in-Mourning
watercolor and saliva on paper
2008
60 " x  41.5 " 
Self-Portrait as a Pair-of-Surgeons by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait as a Pair-of-Surgeons
watercolor, ink and saliva on paper
2009
24 " x  18 " 
Self-Portrait as a Tap-Dancer by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait as a Tap-Dancer
watercolor, ink and saliva on paper
2009
24 " x  18 " 
Self-Portrait as a Therapist by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait as a Therapist
watercolor, ink and saliva on paper
2009
40 " x  36 " 
Self-Portrait as a Pair-of-Students by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait as a Pair-of-Students
watercolor and saliva on paper
2008
50 " x  38 " 
Self-Portrait as a War-Lord and His Army by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait as a War-Lord and His Army
watercolor, ink and saliva on paper
2009
36 " x  57 " 
Self-Portrait as a War-Lord and a Child-Soldier by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait as a War-Lord and a Child-Soldier
watercolor, ink and saliva on paper
2009
24 " x  18 " 
Self-Portrait (Template) by Randal Wilcox
Self-Portrait (Template)
ink, correction fluid and saliva on paper
2008
17 " x  14 " 

Artist Statement
Saliva is used in portraits of myself as other people to incorporate my DNA into the images. This ensures that the resulting watercolor and acrylic paintings will bear my imprint and be “truthful”, even if the portraits are not entirely “accurate” representations of who and what I am.

Utilizing my appearance and genetic material as a starting point, I examine historical and current events for conceptual and emotional links to personages that are the exact opposite of what I perceive myself to be. I then place myself into the skins of these strangers and launch myself into situations that I would never want to be in, yet which others unfortunately are forced into through genetics or the impassive and unforgiving nature of chance.

The deadpan, excessively hyphened titles I give the paintings are used to break down identity into it’s barest form, emphasize the limitations that we place on ourselves and each other through description, and show the ultimately un-objective and flawed nature of language in describing the idiosyncrasies of human nature and behavior. Through repetition and variation, I become an Everyman (and occasionally an Everywoman); the specific experiences in the paintings become a universal, existential articulation of the burden of identity and the horrors present in everyday life that we all consciously or unconsciously avoid in order to function. This series of Saliva Paintings will reach its conclusion when I have rendered myself as everyone, everything and anything that has or possibly could exist.

Artist Bio / CV

ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2010:

In My Secrecy I Was Real, Famous Accountants, Brooklyn, NY

2005:

Randography, Gallery M, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES

2011:

Bronx Calling: The First AIM Biennial, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

CRIME STORY, Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ

2010:

NY Art Book Fair, MoMA.PS1, Long Island City, NY

Bite: Street Inspired Art & Fashion, Third Streaming, LLC, New York, NY

Darius Jones Trio and Randal Wilcox, Third Streaming, LLC, New York, NY

2009:

THE GRATEFUL, conducted by John Duncan, PERFORMA 09, The Gramercy Theater, New York, NY

Piper At The Gates of Pawn, 80WSE Gallery, New York University, New York, NY

 2008:

PornfilmfestivalBerlin, Berlin, Germany

"_____ In A Box", Canco Lofts, Jersey City, NJ

The Other Side, 58gallery, Jersey City, NJ

2005:

HRLM, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Third International Film & Video Festival, The Museum of New Art (MONA), Detroit, MI

2004:

New Filmmakers, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY/ PRESS/ PUBLISHED ARTICLES

2011:

Cotter, Holand, "SoHo, Steadfast Bastion for Alternative Works", The New York Times, April 22, 2011, page C28

2010:

Kalm, James, Alvin Baltrop: Color Photographs 1971–1991 at Famous Accountants, November 18, 2010

Vartanian, Hrag, “Apartment Shows, A Trend I Hope Keeps Growing”, Hyperallergic.com, October 28, 2010

Truax, Stephen, “Baltrop’s Sincerity: Love Shots of a Scarier NYC”, BushwickBK.com, October 13th, 2010

Seely, Thomas, “Art Uncovered: Randal Wilcox”, Break Thru Radio, Original air date: August 3rd, 2010

2008:

Crimp, Douglas, “Alvin Baltrop: Pier Photographs”, 1975-1986, Artforum, page 273, February 2008

2005:

Studio: The Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine, Summer 2005, pages 3 & 32

2004:

Kinetz, Erica, Honky-Tonk Days, The New York Times, February 22, 2004, section 14, page 7

COLLECTIONS

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY

The Museum of New Art (MONA), Detroit, MI