Sunday, November 7, 2010

Stories & Artifacts

I have been exploring ways to dovetail the documentary methodology I've been using for the past several years with concept-driven projects. The other day I mentioned that Dan Zettwoch's Famous Fictional show provided an opportunity.


Here are several spreads from an upcoming zine/serial project I'm working on that I devoted to Dan's show, two an Old MacDonald riff and one (at the top of this post) self-evidently a Simple Simon thing. The Simple Simon sources are a Botero sculpture in Clayton, Missouri, near our old condo and the Federhofer Bakery sign on Gravois in St. Louis, a subject I worked with once before. The critters directly above were taken from the 2nd Presbyterian nursery/play area for children, which I work in every fourth Sunday (yes, I'll take them back!). All, that is, except the Chinese Allosaur, which is a remnant of our boys' childhoods. Even the goofy farm picture with the horse from the earlier post was seen, on a reference drive north and west of St. Louis a month or so ago.


I posted a version of this awhile ago, but reworked the color and added the vehicles in the background to establish the space more effectively.

Comment welcome–I'm pumped about these things, but curious about how they come across.

3 comments:

Sam said...

the show went smashingly doug- i really enjoyed getting to see your prints "in the flesh" so to speak. the mix of local iconography and your personal experience made for a great final product. it served as a reminder to me particularly to keep parts of myself in the work I do and how this can strengthen it. Good to hear some of the background at work too. You really have something here with these pieces and the journals you have on display at Des Lee. What a shame that DC has you while the shows are opening though!

DB Dowd said...

Hey Sam, thanks for the note. Glad to hear things went well. I'm eager to get down to Mad Art this week to see the show. And congrats on your Animals in Suits project! Looking forward to seeing that, too...

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