URECA Art Exhibition 2013-April 8th-26th, 2013

URECA Art Exhibition 2013- April 8th-26th at Stony Brook University, New York

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Both sides of the gallery card

This show was comprised of student work that was specially nominated by members of the art faculty department. I was fortunate enough and honored to be chosen to have my work displayed in the 2013 URECA show. When asked if I was interested, I jumped at the opportunity, looking to get my work exposed as much as possible. I would like to extend a huge thanks to both Lorena Salcedo-Watson and Martin Levine of Stony Brook University for being my sponsors and allowing me this wonderful opportunity.

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My piece for the URECA show, entitled “Field Guide to Dragons.” I will transcribe my artist’s statement, which also appears in the booklet for the show:

“Field Guide to Dragons is a mixed media work with intaglio prints mounted on paper with masking tape. The work is comprised of hand-drawn elements as well as prints made using the various intaglio methods. The inserted works and their associated techniques are as follows; “Raptor (upper left corner) is a hard ground with aquatint on copper. “Genesis Lung” (upper right corner) is a drypoint on zinc. “Atop his Hoard” (the European dragon, lower left corner) is also a drypoint on zinc and finally “Weeping Dragon” (lower right corner) is a mezzotint on copper.

The whole idea of the work was to look like an excerpt of a weathered journal, complete with water stains and blood (tusche and alcohol based stop-out, respectively).  It is meant to capture the spontaneity of fieldwork by adding small pencil sketches and writing out the descriptions of the different dragons in black ink. There is also a certain rawness about it; the torn edges, the “blood” from a too-close encounter, and the multitude of “water” stains all show a sense of immediacy in contrast to the meticulous crosshatching and scraping of the individual dragons. The dragons themselves are largely my design, though the European dragon is based on the western dragon archetype pictured in the Dragonology books, a series of fantasy atlases detailing different dragons. Dragons have always fascinated me because they are not real; you can make a dragon from scratch and give it all the qualities that you want it to have. You decide where it lives, what it eats, how intelligent it is, an so on. Dragons are not constrained by certain rules unless you impose those rules. This work was created in the hope that you, the viewer, will see the fantasy animal known as the dragon not just as a mythological figure or a figment of one’s imagination, but a viable creature that could manifest into reality.”

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