Michael Scoggins A Day in the LifeOctober 15, 2013 - December 06, 2013
Michael Scoggins Diane Marek Visiting Artist October 14 – 18, 2013; Public Lecture Tuesday, October 15, 5:30pm followed by a reception and exhibition opening. (Daily public activity schedule listed under "Events")
Michael Scoggins examines the incongruities, irrationalities, and anxieties of our 21st century culture. Supported by the legacies of the Dada and Pop Art movements of the 20th century, Scoggins objectifies paper materials common to communication and thought, most prominently the pages of the humble spiral bound notebook that he meticulously recreates by hand at colossal scale. On these, Scoggins draws and scrawls, often in the guise of his childhood alter-ego “Michael S.”, appropriating not just popular imagery but written text reflecting honest inquiry into the assumptions of our society to open discussion about our cultural ideals and biases. At times Scoggins folds, crumples, or tears the paper exposing its historical ephemerality as a metaphor for life. Interested in how he is affected by pop culture, mass media, and world events, and how these forces shape us all, personal observations become universal.
Born in Washington D.C., and raised in Virginia, Michael Scoggins holds a BA Studio Art and a BA Political Science from Mary Washington College, VA; and an MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design, GA. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2003 and has just completed a 2013 Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony. His work is included in private and public collections to include the Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. Exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, Scoggins is represented by Adler & Co., San Francisco; Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami; Freight & Volume, NYC; Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria; and Saltworks, Atlanta, Georgia. Scoggins currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.