2014 slated: Lawrence Art Center; Lawrence, KS.
2014 slated: Leedy-Voulkos Art Center; Kansas City, MO.
2012 INADVERTENT ARSON: The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
2011 JURGEN AND THE WRONG TOOLS: Paul Mahder Gallery; San Francisco, CA.
2010 THE WRONG TOOLS (FOR THE JOB): Leedy-Voulkos Art Center; Kansas City, MO.
2009 THE BUILDER, REMOVED: SCENES FROM THE PAINTED THEATRE PROJECT: Wichita Art Museum
2008 SEARCHING IN ALL PLACES CIVILIZED: Riney Art Center, Friends University
2007 NOT TO SCALE: THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO ROOMS: Fisch Haus, Wichita, KS.
2007 SWIMMING THROUGH INTERIORS: INSIDE THE STILL PLAY: Leedy-Voulkos Art Center
2006 CHARACTER STUDIES FOR A FUTURE STILL PLAY: Fisch Haus; Wichita, KS.
2005 JUSTE POUR RIRE - A STILL PLAY: Fisch Haus; Wichita, KS.
2005 MONTREAL TOOLS (OUTILS DE MONTRÉAL): La Frénésie de la Main; Montréal, QC.
2005 NEW PAINTINGS: Blue Room Gallery; San Francisco, CA.
2004 MIXED MEDIA ON SHEETROCK: Fisch Haus; Wichita, KS.
2003 CAREFULLY STUDIED FLOOR PLANS: Fisch Haus; Wichita, KS.
2002 COFFEE POTS, TEA KETTLES AND OTHER POSSIBLE STORIES: Fisch Haus; Wichita, KS.
2011 FISCH HAUS 21: Ulrich Museum Of Contemporary Art, Wichita State University
2010 Group Exhibition: Paul Mahder Gallery; San Francisco, CA.
2007 Group Exhibition: Paul Mahder Gallery; San Francisco, CA.
The individual images I have selected to represent my current body of work are in fact 'scenes' from a larger concept that I’ve been exploring for several years. These paintings created with acrylic, ink, and polyurethane and executed on complex wallboard substrates that were assembled from found and salvaged materials with screws and adhesive, record various self-constructed environments and their inhabitants. Through these, I've synthesized my background in architecture and construction, stage craft and fine art; the resultant imagery is part of an on-going installation that I have termed the Painted Theatre Project (PTP), and, when referencing a specific 'performance', The Still Play. The PTP, which is part installation, part theater production, incorporates painstakingly rendered two-dimensional characters, props, and sets that replace living thespians, three-dimensional objects, and a stage. Action is implied, rather than actually performed, and dialogue is written, in the form of text pieces that accompany each portrait, rather than spoken. This multidisciplinary investigation provokes a discourse between the inherently documentary properties of painting, drawing, poetry and architecture, and the deliberate ephemerality of performance and storytelling.
Patrick Duegaw was born in New York in 1966. He received his degree in Architecture at Kansas State University in 1989. In 1990 he co-founded Fisch Haus*, a Kansas-based artist cooperative. Duegaw has co-produced, and exhibited, in twelve of Fisch Haus' multimedia art exhibitions from 1990-2000, and has mounted seven large-scale solo exhibitions at Fisch Haus. He has exhibited in juried shows organized by institutions and galleries from all over the country, and has been invited to participate in group shows such as the Kansas Masters Invitational, and the Kansas Governor’s Ball/Inauguration Exhibition, both held in 2007. In 2009, Duegaw mounted a comprehensive solo retrospective of 111 paintings and drawings at the Wichita Art Museum. 'The Wrong Tools (For The Job)', opened at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City’s Crossroads District in April 2010. Gallery productions of ‘Jurgen and The Wrong Tools’ opened at the LA Art Show in January 2011, and later in June, at the Paul Mahder Gallery in San Francisco. In April 2011, his work was featured in a major exhibition at the Ulrich Museum of Art, celebrating the twenty-first anniversary of Fisch Haus. Duegaw's current solo museum exhibition, and most ambitious project to date, runs from October 5, 2012 through January 13th, 2013 at The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. He continues to oversee and co-produce many of the Fisch Haus events, including the River City Biennale, the bi-annual Women's Invitational XX Show, the KNOB New Music Festival, and the Samuel Beckett Theater Series. He is scheduled for solo exhibitions in both the Lawrence Art Center and The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in 2014.
The Kansas Arts Commission awarded Duegaw a Mini Fellowship in 1992. In 2001, the Ulrich Museum of Art named him the Betty and Frank Brosius Award winner. In 2004, he received a Purchase Award from the Wichita Art Museum. In 2006, the Kansas Arts Commission awarded him the Fellowship for Painting; and, in 2010, a Collaboration Grant (in conjunction with the Ulrich Museum), also naming him the runner-up for the Governor's Award in that same year.
His work has been acquired for many private, corporate, and institutional collections, including the Ulrich Museum of Contemporary Art, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, the Wichita Art Museum, the Kansas Health Foundation, and the Emprise Bank Collection, been reviewed in Art In America, The Kansas City Pitch, and Review magazines, and has appeared in Dwell Magazine, New American Paintings, and Studio Visit. From July 2005 to August 2006, Duegaw was invited to take part in the Portrait of an Artist Campaign, an on-line journal project of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
*Fisch Haus is a multi-disciplinary art facility, located in the Commerce St. Art District, currently accommodating a steady stream of regional, national, and international artists and musicians. Originally an empty three story warehouse, Fisch Haus now contains studio and gallery space, a full wood and metal shop, an indoor amphitheater, and a print studio, all designed and built by its members. The Fisch Haus produces several large-scale shows annually, and hosts numerous community art events, ranging from visiting artist exhibitions and performances, to lectures, classes, benefits, readings, and music festivals throughout the rest of the year; most all of which are offered free of charge and are open to all ages. In 2004, Fisch Haus formed a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation under the name Fisch Bowl, Inc. Fisch Haus, the spaces within, and the people who take part in its operation, all play important roles in Duegaw’s work.
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