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My sculptures begin with simple stories. The specificity of those personal anecdotes is then removed incrementally, almost to abstraction. The processes I employ are rooted in 1970s craft traditions: rug hooking, crochet, wood burning and wood carving. My intentions are earnest but not nostalgic. I aim to honor my influences while also questioning the normative images they bequeath. Humor is intentional but I avoid punchlines.

The source materials I reference retain their individual histories as they are remade and reused. A soda can that becomes a barrette is still a soda can. When the barrette also becomes a sequin it is still a soda can. The layers build. Scorching wood fundamentally changes its properties but the meaning of the word read in the scorch marks constantly shifts. Absolutes are improbable. Nothing is forever.

We are caught by our histories, the values we were raised with, our class, our capacity for knowledge. Antiquated images persist. Ideas rendered useless by time remain as flawed foundations. In my work they become advertisements burned in plywood, a beer can venetian blind, rugs buried in rugs. Well-crafted things that are useful outside of an art context, but exceptionally more complex within. Practical, tangible idioms.


BIOGRAPHY

I'm a Chicago based artist, curator, and gallery director. My sculptures and performances have been presented in parking lots, former mortuaries, museums, corporate lobbies, malls, abandoned lots, faculty offices, and the windows of Tiffany's. As co-director at Slow I run an in/dependent gallery in the bathroom, brew curated beers, give tours of artwork under hotel beds, and once carried an exhibition in Meg Duguid's Clutch to the White House in Washington D.C.

EDUCATION

MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
BA, California State University, San Bernardino, CA


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017

  • This too shall pass. So be it., Elijah Wheat Showroom, New York NY

2015

  • Snuff, Slow, Chicago IL
  • bring out your dead, Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago IL

2014

  • Burn it Down, Heaven, Chicago IL
  • The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show 2014, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Bloomington IN
  • Paul's NOT Gay, Slow, Chicago IL

2013

  • Wood Works, Averill and Bernard Leviton, A+D Gallery, Chicago IL
  • Post Orientation, Daly 208 Projects, Chestertown MD

2012

  • Evil Is Interesting, Antena, Chicago IL
  • B.A.D. Beverly Arts Center, Chicago IL

2011

  • The toy formerly known as… Slow, Chicago IL
  • The (Un)Timely Death of Multiculturalism, Five Funerals Projects, Charnel House, Chicago IL
  • The Low down, Slow, Chicago IL
  • GOFFO, NEXT, Chicago IL
  • MDW Fair, Chicago IL
  • Food & Performance, Defibrillator, Chicago IL
  • SEXIER, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago IL

2010

  • Booze and Bacon, Slow, Chicago IL

2009

  • GroupSOLO, Swimming Pool Project Space, Chicago IL
  • If minimalism is pure, this is almost nothing included in Paul WHO? Slow, Chicago IL
  • HAUNT, (solo exhibition) Robert V. Fullerton Museum, San Bernardino CA

2008

  • The Sparky Show, Schroeder Romero/Winkleman Gallery Project Space, New York NY
  • 29 by 92, Jacobs Center, Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, Alta Loma CA

2005

  • Politic of a Moment, Evanston Art Center, Evanston IL
  • Everybody Paints! Parlour, Chicago IL
  • Coming Home, Robert V. Fullerton Museum, San Bernardino CA

2004

  • Not of Iron, Illinois State Museum, Southern Illinois Artisans Shop & Visitor Center, Whittington IL
  • Not of Iron, Illinois State Museum, Lockport Gallery, Lockport IL

2003

  • Burlesque Tartare: The Last Tartare, Hot House, Chicago IL
  • 9th Annual University Art Exhibition: Recent Alumni from SAIC, Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster IN
  • Not of Iron, Illinois State Museum Society, Springfield IL

2002

  • Not of Iron, Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, Chicago IL
  • Thrill II, Joymore Gallery, Chicago IL

2001

  • The First Annual Parking Lot Biennale, Chicago IL
  • The Arcades Project: Assimilation, Disappearance, and the Mall, Borkholder Dutch Village, Nappanee IN

2000

  • Find, MN Gallery, Chicago IL
  • 401 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL
  • ArtWindows2000, Tiffany & Co, Chicago IL

CURATION

2017

  • On the Ones and Twos, Catie Olson, Loo, Chicago, IL
  • Extreme Blowout, Randall Pants, Loo, Chicago, IL
  • Relief, David Richards, Loo, Chicago, IL
  • You Can't Do That Shit on Television, Katy Collins & Vanessa Valliere, Laura Davis, Meg Duguid, Jason Dunda, Brent Garbowski, Jessica Hannah, John Henley, International Chefs of Mystery, Dylan Jones, Catie Olson, Julie Potratz, Leone Reeves, Kate Sierzputowski, Molly Shea, Ellis Von Sternberg, Loo, Chicago IL

2016

  • CARCASS: Nothing is Ending, Nothing can Change (a slight return), Academy Records, Loo, Chicago IL
  • SPF 666, Dylan Jones & Molly Shea, co-curation with Paul Hopkin, Slow, Chicago IL
  • Extra Mint, Valentina Zamfirescu, Loo, Chicago IL

2015

  • Losing My Shit, Katy Carolina Collins & Stephnie Weir, Loo, Chicago IL
  • I'm going to see a man about a horse, unknown photographer, Loo, Chicago IL
  • GILDED PROSCENIUM, Matthew Lusk, Ryan Michael Pfeiffer & Rebecca Walz, co-curation with Paul Hopkin, Slow, Chicago IL
  • Soranus of Ephesus, Ryan Michael Pfeiffer, Loo, Chicago IL
  • Pure Fume, Jessica Hannah, Loo, Chicago IL
  • Swish, Porous Walker, Loo, Chicago IL

2014

  • Number Two, John Henley, Loo, Chicago IL
  • ROBBERY IN PROGRESS, Mike Olson & Dean Roper, slow, Chicago IL
  • don't trust the floor, co-curated with Paul Hopkin in collaboration with Sideshow Theatre Company, Slow, Chicago IL
  • Special Gentlemen's Time with Paul Hopkin, Loo, Chicago, IL

2010

  • FREE LOVE, Mican Morgan & Porous Walker, Slow, Chicago IL