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Michael Krueger
updated: 09/18/2010
website: michaelkrueger.us
 
   
 
 
     
 
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California Circa 1870
Site of Contestation
Monsters that Walk the Earth
Soft Machine
Born to Lose
Palisades
Every Which Way But Loose
Where You Wanna Be
Young Lieutenant
Petrified Grove
Green Moon
Black Moon
Sioux Falls
Arts & Crafts
Hanging Branch
 
Portfolio Keywords:  animals, landscape, obsessive, narrative, historical, memory, pattern, humor, figurative, political
 
 
California Circa 1870 by Michael Krueger
California Circa 1870
colored pencil on paper
2004
17" x  22" 
Site of Contestation by Michael Krueger
Site of Contestation
colored pencil on paper
2004
16" x  28" 
Monsters that Walk the Earth by Michael Krueger
Monsters that Walk the Earth
colored pencil on paper
2007
16" x  28" 
Soft Machine by Michael Krueger
Soft Machine
colored pencil
2008
16 " x  28 " 
Born to Lose by Michael Krueger
Born to Lose
colored pencil
2008
15" x  20" 
Palisades by Michael Krueger
Palisades
colored pencil
2008
30 " x  20 " 
Every Which Way But Loose by Michael Krueger
Every Which Way But Loose
colored pencil
2009
27 " x  44 " 
Where You Wanna Be by Michael Krueger
Where You Wanna Be
colored pencil
2009
15 " x  20 " 
Young Lieutenant by Michael Krueger
Young Lieutenant
colored pencil
2009
15 " x  20 " 
Petrified Grove by Michael Krueger
Petrified Grove
colored pencil
2010
25 " x  20 " 
Green Moon by Michael Krueger
Green Moon
colored pencil
2010
25 " x  20 " 
Black Moon by Michael Krueger
Black Moon
colored pencil
2010
11 " x  8.5 " 
Sioux Falls by Michael Krueger
Sioux Falls
colored pencil
2007
11 " x  8.5 " 
Arts & Crafts by Michael Krueger
Arts & Crafts
colored pencil
2010
11 " x  8.5 " 
Hanging Branch by Michael Krueger
Hanging Branch
colored pencil
2010
11 " x  8.5 " 

Artist Statement

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.