Donald Fodness: "The Golden Arm"
On view in Venture Room
October 14 through November 18, 2017
My imagery is a collision of sources, styles, and subjects that operate as an open-ended and nonlinear construction of reality. Like the Internet, and a good soap opera, my art provides the viewer with a multiplicity of accessible inlets and subnarrative paths weaving a tangled cosmos. Crawling over, climbing out, hiding within, defacing and digesting its surroundings; these psychological environments filter culture through a feedback loop of the kitsch and banal to surface a grotesque comedy.
I work with readymade systems and personal narrative as a departure point. These structures provide me with parameters for finding, hiding, and projecting imagery. While I insert personal history within the work, I am less interested in autobiography than in viewers recognizing themselves within the complexity.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Donald Fodness earned a BA degree in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and an MFA in Painting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Fodness has an interdisciplinary practice that includes drawing, sculpture, furniture, and installation. His drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Regionally he has created site-specific installations for the Denver Art Museum, The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, The Gallery of Contemporary Art in Colorado Springs, two Biennial of the Americas, and Harmony Hammond's Material Engagements at Redline. His work has been published in New American Paintings, Sculpture Magazine, Yahoo home page, Found Magazine, The Creators Project, and art LTD.
Fodness is an active community member, curator, and collaborator with The Flying OHNO Twins and The DMB Collective. He co-founded Showpen Residency, is a founding member of Hyperlink, he is an Artnaut, and a member of Tank Studios. He served as an educator at the college level for nearly seven years at various institutions including University of Denver, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and Metro State University of Denver. He currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado.