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Fred Duignan

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Schools
University of California,Santa Cruz, 1982, GradCert
DuCret School of Art, 1975
University of California, Santa Cruz, 1981

Representing galleries

Tags
figurative, abstract, Utilizes an intuitive approach that allows the figure to emerge from the process.

Current Exhibitions and Events
Statement

 

Review of Woodstock Exhibition "Spillage"

by James Bradley McCallum

August 7 to September 7, 2012

The Pizza Gallery at Catskill Mountain Pizza Company, Woodstock, NY

http://politicalpoets.blogspot.com/2012/08/pouring-forth-new-meaning-fred-duignan.html#!/2012/08/pouring-forth-new-meaning-fred-duignan.html

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a painter.

After many years of harnessing technique, pursuing picturing, following trends and restating history, I now acquiesce in a secondary role to the painting's becoming what it essentially is or, if you will, wishes to become.

Harold Rosenberg stated in “The American Action Painters” from the Tradition of the New originally published in Art News, December 1952, “At a certain moment the canvas began to appear to one American painter after another as an arena in which to act—rather than as a space in which to reproduce, re-design, analyze or 'express' an object, actual or imagined. What was to go on the canvas was not a picture but an event.”

Originality, Rosenberg asserts, is revealed at the end of the process when the artist comes to a moment of revelation where she or he understands what they have been about during the event. The painting is the by-product of the artist’s journey.

I disagree.

The resulting objects of my latest direction titled Spills become, reveal, inform and decide their place in the world’s view. Painting has become an experience based on the belief in my hand as a channel of the expression of being hidden in the materials unleashed by the painting itself. Not wishing to break paint’s spirit or subjugate it to my will, I collaborate with the nature of this material in an automatic approach (real, not surreal) to find our voice.

It is the resultant dialogue with color and form where originality still lives-the uniqueness of the object as itself fully revealed, presenting many points of entry with no single visual solution-a place of discovery acting as a complex Rorschach experience for the viewer. This results in direct discovery of the known within the individual.

I believe in individualism and the primacy of paint in its historical role. I avoid making art that is burdened by technique, overwhelmed by thought, or crushed by style. I settle for the pleasure of naming, in human terms, as a title, the finished painting's personal revelation of its place in my life and within the art lexicon.

                                                                                                                                                                 Fred Duignan

 

 

EDUCATION

The University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California

Teaching Assistantship / Graduate Certificate 1982

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art 1981

DuCret School of Art, Plainfield, New Jersey

 ART-RELATED EMPLOYMENT

COVER, (Magazine)  New York, NY.   Staff Art Critic. 1988 - 1990

The Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ.  Curator of Contemporary Art. 1992 - 1997

The New Jersey Herald and News, West Paterson, NJ.   Weekly Columnist.   “Art in New Jersey” 1997

 ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

Fred Duignan.   The Uptown Gallery,  Kingston, NY 6, 7,8/13

Fred Duignan.   Oriole9 (curated by Lenny Kislin),  Woodstock, NY 10/12

Spills.   The Pizza Gallery,  Woodstock, NY 8/12

Fred Duignan – New Paintings.   Varga Gallery,  Woodstock, NY 6/11

Death and Decay.   The Art Center Museum.  Seoul, Korea 10/93

Fred Duignan.   The Paterson Museum.  Paterson, NJ 2/92

New Work.   Fashion Moda.  Bronx, NY 8/88

Death Paintings.   Fashion Moda.  Bronx, NY 9/87 (curated by Stefan Eins)

So Far.   Fairleigh Dickinson University,  Rutherford, NJ 10/83

Work on Paper.   Steven’s Art Center,  Rutherford, NJ 4/83

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Witness: The Cedar Tavern Phone Booth & Star House Gallery Group Show, Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY  10/15

Contributing Participant in Guitai Card Box (2012-2013),  exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

The 5 Senses.   Art Upstairs Gallery,  Phoenicia, NY 2/11

Random Thoughts.  Art Upstairs Gallery,  Phoenicia, NY 2/10

Hustle & Flow – Paintings by Fred Duignan & Jim Klein.   The Paterson Museum,  Paterson, NJ 10/08

EV/LES – An East Village Retrospective.   The Varga Gallery,  Woodstock, NY 9/08

Clamour & Silence.   The Laurel Tracey Gallery,  Red Bank, NJ 10/99

Eclectic Selections.   The Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ   Summer 1999

 

Career Note: Between 1993 and 2002, I abbreviated my career to raise my son as a single father.

 

Bridging Gaps.   Asian American Arts Centre,  NY, NY 3/93

Beast to Beast.   10th Street Gallery,  NY, NY 10/92 (curated by Gary Azon)

In Honor of Mary: Images of Devotion.   Bill Bace Gallery,  NY, NY 5/90

Beautiful Mosaic.   Black & White in Color Gallery,  Bronx,  NY 3/90 (Collaborative Projects)

The Topical Rainforest.   Sundered Ground,  NY, NY 11/89 (curated by Robert Costa)

China for Democracy.   Blum Hellman Gallery,  NY, NY 10/89

The Gong Show.   RealArt Inc,  NY, NY 7/89 (curated by Charlie Finch)

The Manhattan Connection.   Art-Act,  Miami Beach,  FL 5/89 (Fusion Arts)

Art on the Run.   Grace Harkin Gallery,   NY, NY 3/89

MU Ryu.   Arts Center Helsinki,  Finland 8/89 (Collaborative Projects)

Prisoners of Art.   Police Building,   NY, NY 3/89 (Collaborative Projects)

The Christmas Show.   Grace Harkin Gallery,   NY, NY 12/88

The Attack Show.   Stockwell Gallery,   NY, NY 9/88

The Extinction Show.   Fashion Moda,   Bronx, NY 9/88 (Collaborative Projects)

Jagged Edge.   Art-Act,   Miami Beach, FL 3/88

Best of the East Village Comes to Long Island.   Nassau County Fine Arts Museum,  Roslyn, NY 11/87

December.   Nite Gallery,  NY, NY 12/87

The Polarity Show.   Cuando,  NY, NY 11/87

The Cutting Edge in New York.   The Paterson Museum,  Paterson, NJ 10/87-12/87   

(traveled)   Dramatis Personnae Gallery,  NY, NY 12/87

Meta Languages/Textual Venues.   B.A.D. Museum,  NY, NY 10/87 (curated by Lucy Lippard)

New Perspectives in Modern Art. The Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ 7/87-9/87

Art Break Hotel.   ABC No Rio,  NY, NY 4/87 (Collaborative Projects)

The Shadow Prtoject (with Alan Gussow),  The Streets of Manhattan, 1982

SELECTED ARTICLES

Love at the Varga,   Woodstock Times,  Paul Smart 6/23/11

Hustle & Flow,   Arts News PCCC 11/22/09

Lower East Side at Varga Gallery,   Roll Magazine 9/2008

Paterson’s New Industry,   The Sunday Star Ledger,  Dan Bischoff  7/14/99

Art Talk…Art Talk,   The Bergen Record,  Rod Alee  8/10/1994

Western Influence in Korean Sculpture,   The New York Times,  Vivien Rainer  8/21/94

With Art, Paterson Woos Korean-American Ties,   The Bergen Record,  Richard Cowan 12/23/93

57 Varieties of Paterson Talent,   The Bergen Record, John Zeaman 7/31/92

Mean Feet,   New York Daily News,   Nancy Steadman  5/12/91

Jazz and Coffee at “The Pat”,   North Jersey Herald and News, Vincent Czyz 2/4/89

Fred Duignan,   Art al Dia (Magazine), Sao Paulo, Brazil 11/88

Dogs Bark When the Village Moves East,   Cover,   NYC, Charlie Finch 1/88                                                     

Lower East Side,   Art & Artists 1/88

New, New York,   Ritz, London, UK 12/12/87

A View from the Lower East Side,   Newsday, Karen Lipson 11/27/87

Bohemian Golden Age,   Downtown,   NY, NY 10/1/87

Happening Scene,   New Common Good,  NY, NY 9/21/87

Three Decades of Modernists Reflected at Paterson Show,  The Sunday Star Ledger,    Eileen Watkins 7/26/87

Paterson’s Own East Village,   North Jersey Herald and News,   Vince Czyz 7/19/87

Paterson: New ‘in’ Place for Art?,   The Record,   John Zeaman 7/14/87

Paterson Mills: An Artist’s Community,   Arts New Jersey,  Ronnie Weyt Winter ‘86

Art, Religion Merge for Paterson Artist,   The Record,  Tom Groenfeldt 12/23/86

Soho Slow Lane,   Art Times,  Baird Jones   12/88

Scenes from the Bohemian Life,   The Record,  John Zeaman 10/28/84

Getting PhysicalThe Sunday Star Ledger,  Eileen Watkins 5/13/84

 PUBLICATIONS

Eclectic Selections: Art in Paterson at the End of the 20th Century,   The Paterson Museum Summer 1999

Fred Duignan,   Art Center Museum,  Seoul, Korea  10/93

FredDuignan,   The Paterson Museum 2/92

In Honor of Mary:  Images of Devotion,   Bill Bace Gallery,  NY, NY   5/90

The Best of the East Village Comes to Long Island,   Nassau County Museum of Fine Art 11/87

The Cutting Edge Show,   The Paterson Museum,  Paterson, NJ

New Perspectives in Modern Art,   The Paterson Museum,  Paterson, NJ

Neon Shapes,   (haiku by R. W. Grandinetti Rader),  Illustrated by Fred Duignan

Jade Mountain Press 9/85 (winner Merit Book Award 10/87)

FRED DUIGNAN - CURATOR

Jon Peters,   The Paterson Museum.  September 1997  

Humberto Guanipa,   The Paterson Museum.   March 1997

Joseph Ruffilo,   The Paterson Museum.  September 1995

Women on The Verge,  The Paterson Museum.  May 1995 

Korean Sculpture ‘94,   Art from Seoul, Korea, The Paterson Museum.  Summer 1994

Rhoda Sande,   The Paterson Museum.   April 1994

Carol Arber (Supreme Court Judge for the State of New York),   The Paterson Museum.  March 1994

Sylvie Ball,   The Paterson Museum.  Summer 1993 

Ho-Yeon Kim,   The Paterson Museum.  April 1993 

Su Jin Jo,   The Paterson Museum.  March 1993

Rosa Parks School of Art Student Show,  The Paterson Museum.  February 1992

Paterson Art ‘92,  The Paterson Museum. Summer 1992

Hellhole, (Paterson / East Village Art Collaboration) Guest Curator - The Paterson Museum,  April 1987

SELECTED REVIEWS BY FRED DUIGNAN

Nadja Petrov Drawings, Gallery Express, Woodstock, NY. Facebook 3/10

Public Sculpture at the Whitney, Whitney Museum.  Cover 2/88

Joan Waltemath,   Barbara Braathen Gallery.   Cover 4/88

Richard Serra,   Leo Castelli Gallery.   Cover 2/89

Donald Sultan,   Paul Kasmin Gallery.  Cover 5/89

David Smith,   M. Knoedler & Co.   Cover 5/90

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

The Art Center Museum.  Seoul, Korea (Painting)

The Paterson Museum.  Paterson, NJ (Painting)

Paco Das Artes.  Sao Paulo, Brazil (Fusion Arts Book)

Museu Da Imagen E Do Som.  Sao Paulo, Brazil (Fusion Arts Book)

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York (Fusion Arts Book)

Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York (Fusion Arts Book)

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York (Fusion Arts Book)

MEDIA

“Art Breaking”   WBAI Radio (New York, NY) - Charlie Finch - Host

1/22/91               Richard Johnson of Page Six (New York Post)

                            Diane Goldner (Connoisseur Magazine)

                            Fred Duignan

2/6/91                 Collette (Performance Artist - New York, NY)

                            Fred Duignan

 FILM

Psycheblow     Writer / Producer,  Pushpin Productions, 1998  (Honorable Mention at B Movie Festival 1999)

16W   Writer / Producer,  FEZ Films,  2004  (Woodstock Film Festival 2004)

 

ARTICLES ON FILM BY FRED DUIGNAN

Six Days to Psycheblow,  Alternative Cinema Magazine  1998

 

 

 

Recent Exhibits

Fred Duignan participated in these exhibits:

May, 2013 Fred Duignan
The Uptown Gallery
 
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