I made some of these drawings while I was deployed to Afghanistan in the National Guard. I was in my final year of grad school when I was called up, and it was pretty hard on me, because up to that point I didn't take being a soldier that seriously. I tried to keep some perspective on my situation by making this work.
Jung called myths "psychological stories," which completely resonates with me. Outside of the inspiration of lived experience, I see art through the frames of tv, comic books, and fine art; all of which I was exposed to as kid in the mid 1980's, and have
been interested in since. My parents used to bring me to the Clark Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts to look at Degas, this was before I could walk. I could tell that art objects were important to my parents, and that artists were important people. I'm one specimen of humanity, and don't have the key, but I have to work with what I know. To be a little simple and silly, somehow Degas became conflated with the Smurfs, Jim Henson, and GI Joe, that is the myth I started with, have to use, and that other things grow out of; and it's my psychological story of what we are.
I was in the Army National Guard (I'm out now, honorable discharge Feb 21, 2008), and did a year long deployment in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, a combat zone, from May 2004 to May 2005. "If I die in a combat zone, box me up, and ship me home."
I also really enjoy drawing portraits, especially of my wonderful wife Laur.
Artist Bio / CV
M.F.A. 2006 Painting University of Iowa, Iowa City IA
current – 2007 Adjunct Drawing Instructor, Adelphi University, Garden City and Manhattan, NY
2001 – 2003 University of Iowa Arts Fellowship
Bitches Brew, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Goodbye Space Shuttle, Active Space, Brooklyn, NY
From the Barn to the Apple, Herter Gallery, Curated by Trevor Richardson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Mustang Saaaalllllly, TCBarts, Melbourne Australia
100 Records Project, Gallery 16, San Francisco CA
Bowl-O-Nuts, Artillery and Ammo Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Small Works, Transmission Gallery, Richmond VA
Friends of Ours, Artillery and Ammo Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Paintallica - Bark Savages, Country Club Projects, Los Angeles CA
Human Side of War, United Theological Seminary, Minneapolis MN
Sketchbook Project, Art House Co-op Gallery, Brooklyn NY
One plus One’s a crowd (Uno más uno, multitud), Domestico, Madrid Spain
BIN Paintallica, Seed Collective, AVA Center, Chattanooga TN
Jamie Boling and Bill Donovan, Transmission Gallery, Richmond VA
Paintallica, T:BA 08, PICA, Portland OR
Portraits, Hallway Bathroom Gallery, San Francisco CA
The Word Made Fresh, Transmission Gallery, Richmond VA
Paintallica, Western Exhibitions Gallery, Chicago, IL
MFA Thesis Show, University of Iowa Art Museum, I.C., IA
Skoglund, Sandy; “Texas National 2002,” Exhibition Catalog
Please see my website for a list of publications.
Utilizing Unity for Success: The Artist Collective, Panelist, CUE Foundation, NY NY
Emily Noelle Lambert's drawing class from Parsons, CUE Foundation, NY NY
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
2005 Combat Infantryman's Badge