The speed at which we are asked to interact with images is beginning to mirror the pace at which they accumulate. Despite, or maybe because of, my contribution to this growing mass of images, I am interested in the slowness of painting. My work seeks to exploit and celebrate the various ways in which the painted image separates itself from other kinds of imagery. My recent work often calls attention to the relationship between the image, the thing that we can hold in our mind, and the object that holds or supports it. Currently, I am working on a number of carved reproductions of surfaces from public spaces. These low relief carvings investigate the ways in which abstraction can render specific and autobiographical content anonymous. They also attempt to both depict some thing, object, or surface while, at the same time, being that object or surface.
About Douglas Degges:
Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Douglas Degges graduated with a BA from Rhodes College in 2009 and a MFA from the University of Iowa in 2012. His work has been exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States. Most recently his work was exhibited at Bay Ridge Art Space and Art Helix in Brooklyn, NY, GLITCH in Memphis, TN, and Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA. He currently teaches at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has an upcoming solo exhibition at The Shed Space in Brooklyn, NY. He was also recently invited to participate in the artist- in-residence program at the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, CT.