Narrative is a powerful force in our everyday life and we long for an unfolding of the ordinary into the mythic. I am searching for the extraordinary in everyday life and looking at history and landscape, as means to better understand a world that is built on past events and memories. A deep sense of self, hope, melancholy and a vein of tenderness are qualities that I seek to have in my work.
In recent drawings, I have focused on folding time and using history and landscape to divulge unique narratives. By overlapping recent histories with the past I can ruminate on the omni presence of history in our lives. Several of my recent drawings include protest signage, in these images I am casting a political mood on the landscape. These drawings of protest signage become a means to address a fading memory of a turbulent past, a greater history beyond the strife of one political event. They emphasize that political history is constantly being rewritten to fortify a victor.
Artist Bio / CV
Michael Krueger is a father, an artist and a teacher. He was born on January 5, 1967 in Kenosha Wisconsin.His family moved to South Dakota in 1970 and he spent his childhood years in Sioux Falls. These formative years in the West cultivated a fondness and curiosity for the history of Westward Expansion and the epic struggles that were cast on the Great Plains. In 1985 Michael attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. The strangeness of Vermillion, a town of 2000 people, a cultural freckle on the state of South Dakota also fostered other unique experiences. While working for the University of South Dakota Museums, Michael was charged with retrieving Chief Red Cloud’s feathered beaver hide top hat along with several other Sioux Indian artifacts from a Monastery on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The shear presence of this simple elegant object had a powerful impact in shaping Michael’s perception of history and ultimately his social and political view of the world.
Michael’s creative research has taken him all over the globe from Asuncion, Paraguay to the United Arab Emeritus, to Scotland, England, Belgium, France and Italy. He has recently had solo shows at the Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA, Sunday L.E.S., NY, NY, Casa Mayor Galleria, Asunción, Paraguay & Anchor Graphics, Chicago, IL. His work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Adam Baumgold, New York, NY, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY, Davidson Gallery, Seattle, WA and the Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA. Krueger’s work is included in over 50 public collections including; the New York Public Library, the Museo Del Barro, Asunción, Paraguay, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, City of Seattle, WA, Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA and Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s Estate in Charlottesville, VA.