Presentation

Kalaloch Lodge sits on a rough coastline in the Pacific Northwest, part of the Olympic National Park. A decade ago, I was entering the lodge restaurant and discovered a photo of my great grandparents from the exact same site. In the grainy image, they stand among their logging camp kitchen garden, looking stoic and overworked. I began to sand away at the sheen of the story of their American Dream and the camps they worked in, which were filled with labor strife, impoverishment, and bits and pieces of hard won success. The sheer scope of what happened in the West as populations from the East pushed to the margins of North America is a staggering history of discovery, ignorance, reinvention, loss, and the harsh transformation of a landscape and people. This narrative and the factual, idealized, absurd, and uncomfortable ways in which we Americans choose to craft tales about our country has defined what I navigate.

Many of the photographs, paintings, and films that deal with the early history of the United States are saturated with ideas of false hope and impossible perfection. The Country is particularly good at rendering a vision of itself that conveniently edits out the messy, unwanted and uncomfortable truths of our past. The Hudson River School painter Albert Bierstadt, for example, created a grand version of America that was part reality, part heroic invention, and full of a colonial, power-hungry view of the country. Bierstadt has been a frequent target of admiration as well as cynical reference in the drawings. I nod to these masterworks, recognizing that the ambition and possibility of the United States can be seen within these depictions of drama and wonder. Many are resampled and coagulated with individuals and moments that are at odds with the whitewashed sublime. Through a mash up of images, I hope to cut away at the neat and tidy narrative of progress and domination and create moments that deal with the abundant misinformation, deep confusion, genuine absurdity and billowing mass that has always kept this Country on its toes.

As our world leaks and creaks forward, landscape can act as the ultimate term and representation of the joys and foibles of our actions. Landscape is an aesthetic ideal, an edited view of reality that suits the maker—in essence, a fiction. For me, the word has come to define our use of images and stories to convince ourselves of who we are, what we know to be true, and what we wish was fact.

These drawings are re-tellings of histories, past images, heroes, and idiots. They are obsessively detailed puzzles and scenarios intended to honor a lineage of grand gestures and soapboxing and expose the deficiencies and dangers of doing so in the first place.

 

Biography


Born in 1976. Lives & works in Boston.



EDUCATION


2002
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing, painting and sculpture

1998
Carleton College, Northfield, MN. B.A. in Studio Arts with a focus on painting and printmaking, Cum Laude with Distinction in The Arts (highest award given in the arts)

 

 


SOLO SHOWS - selection

2018
- Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
- La Galerie Particulière, Paris

2017
- Nevada Museum of Art, Reno Nevada
- Kohler Art Center, Kenosha, WI
- Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Roanoke, VA
- Slete, Culver City, CA
          
2016               
- Jacksonville MOCA, FL
- Journeys in/to Alternative Worlds” Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI
- Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
- Winston Wachter, New York, NY

2015
- Feinberg Art Wall wall drawing, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
- ”Hankering for the Past”, La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France
- Slete, Culver City, CA
- Winston Wachter, Seattle, WA

2014
- Winston Wachter, New York, NY

2013
-”American Ego”, La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France
- The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston WV
-"American Ego", La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France

2012
 - Obsolete Gallery, Venise, CA

2011
 - Winston Wachter, New York, NY
 - La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France

2010    
 - Winston Wachter Gallery, Seattle, WA
 - Obsolete Gallery, Venise, CA
 - Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI

2009
 - Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York, NY

2008
 - D3 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
 - Obsolete Gallery, Venise, CA

2007
 - Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA
 - Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006
 - Firehouse Center For The Visual Arts, Burlington, VT

2005
 - Obsolete Gallery, Venice, CA
 - Youngblood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
 - Reeves Contemporary, New York, NY

2004
 - MPG Contemporary, Boston, MA 2004 Building a Legacy The Bemis Center, Omaha, NE
 - Robert Rentz Gallery, Richmond, VA

2003
 - Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC
 - Spheris Gallery, Bellows Falls, VT
 - “Space Lab” Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH
 - Doll-Anstadt Gallery, Burlington, VT

2002
 - Mitten Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA

2001
 - MPG Contemporary, Boston, MA

2000
 - Firehouse Center For The Visual Arts, Burlington, VT




GROUP SHOWS


2017
- Nevada Museum of Art, Reno Nevada             
- Kohler Art Center, Kenosha, WI
          
2016               
- Jacksonville MOCA, FL
- Journeys in/to Alternative Worlds” Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI
- Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
- Winston Wachter, New York, NY

2015
- “Far, Far Away” Children’s Museum of Art, New York, NY
- "Cannot be Described in Words" New Art Center Complex Duxbury, MA

2014
- “Real Maravilloso” La Galerie Particuliere, Brussels, Belgium
- “The Vault - Destilled Lives” video and audio compendium, Spaces, Cleveland, OH 

2013   
- DeCordova Biennial, Lincoln

2010   
- "Fast Forward - Four for the Future" Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM
- “But is it Drawing?” Brattleboro Museum of Art, Brattleboro, VT

2009   
- “H20 Film on Water” Reeves Contemporary, New York, NY
- “On Paper” Jenkins Johnson, New York, NY
   
2008
 - “New Prints” The International Print Center, New York, NY

2005
 - The Ever Changing Landscape The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Louisville

2004
 - Land Colby Sawyer College Art Gallery New London, NH

2003
 - Charcoal Reeves Contemporary, New York, NY
 - The Viewing Room, New York, NY
 - Violent Violence Gallery Art et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Hollande

2002
 - Coloring Words The Fotogalerie, Fringe Club, Hong Kong
 - New Currents in Contemporary Art Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC

2001
 - International Sculpture Center at Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ


 


FILMOGRAPHY

 

2008
“Dust”, Official Selection, 46th annual New York Film Festival, New York, NY Co-writer, actor and narrator, produced with Harvest Films, Santa Monica, CA




RESIDENCIES, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS

 

2017
- Stein Prize National Emerging Artist, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, FL

2016
- Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Drawing
- Artist in Residence, Facebook Inc. EMEAA office, Dublin Ireland

2015
- Artist in Residence, Fellowship Ballinglen Foundation, BallyCastle, Ireland

2011
- Award for Teaching Excellence, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
- Artist in Residence at the Red Stables, courtesy of the City of Dublin, invited to create limited edition lithographs with master printers. Supported by SMFA Faculty Enrichment Grant. The Graphic Studio, Dublin, Ireland

2007
 - Artist in Residence, invited to create three limited edition lithographs with master printers.
 - The Tamarind Institute, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2004
 - Artist in Residence, Fellowship. The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha

2004
 - Artist in Residence. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2001
 - Outstanding Student Achievement Award for Sculpture. The International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ

1998
 - The Sigrid and Erling Larsen Award for creative excellence in the arts. Carleton College, Northfield, MN

1996
 - Hyslop-Warnholtz Artist's Grant, for travel and intensive study in Ireland. Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughn, Ireland, Carleton College Art Department

 



COLLECTIONS 

 

Cornell Fine Arts Museum
The University of New Mexico
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Liberty Media
The Guggenheim Foundation
20th Century Fox
Harvest Films
Burton Snowboards
Burj Dubai – EMAAR
The Copper Press

 


MONOGRAHIES

 

“Draw the Line” A survey on drawing by Magma Books in association with Elephant MONOGRAPHS

“Ethan Murrow” Hatje Cantz (Berlin) with an essay by Ruth Erickson, assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA - due out in Fall 2015

“Ethan Murrow” Los Angeles: Obsolete Books, 2008, 116 pages with essays by Ric Kasini Kadour and Ray Azoulay

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Press

Mine aux trésors

Mine aux trésors

16.12.2015

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Expos Coup de Coeur

Expos Coup de Coeur

01.09.2013

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