The Dog of My Reflection, a solo exhibition by artist Patrick DeGuira from November 14-December 7, 2014. Artist talk and opening reception Friday, November, 14 at 4:30 PM at The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at University of the South . It is an exhibition of photographic works, graphic design and sculpture by Tennessee artist Patrick DeGuira.
The Dog of My Reflection expands on DeGuira’s interested in “self-curation.” The title refers to the fable, The Dog and It's Reflection, a story in which a dog that is carrying a stolen bone looks down as it is crossing a stream and sees its own reflection in the water. Taking it for another dog carrying something better, it opens its mouth to bark at the "other" and in doing so looses the bone that it has stolen.
DeGuira describes himself as a figurative artist. An artist, not so much interested in the body, but objects that stand in for the body. Photographs, mirrors, canes, tools, chairs, megaphones, sounds, staircases, ladders, animals, abstractions, and text make up the figure that “acts out” in the work that he constructs. He calls his sculpture, two-dimensional works, and installations “props.” These props are then constructed to act as a physical or textual device within a narrative (or a conceptual plinth) and can be viewed as things that have been imprinted by a figurative body or figurative language.
From depictions of unknown individuals, notions of mirroring, to object groupings that refer to scientific method studies, The Dog of My Reflection dialogues on the morphology of the pubescent body to feral body, into the astral body.
In addition to numerous exhibitions, DeGuira has worked as an exhibit designer and consultant, juror, educator, and curator. His museum design contributions include involvement with numerous exhibitions, such as, 100 Artists See God (ICI), Material Terrain (International Art & Artists), Vital Forms (Museum of Modern Art), The Art and Life of William Christenberry (Smithsonian), The Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life (ICP). He has co-curated exhibitions through Fugitive Projects, which has held exhibitions worldwide, including such venues and countries as La Maison Laurentine (France), MVMA Fest 2010 (Marfa), Emmedia(Calgary), Version 10 Festival Screening (Chicago), the Banff Center, Solus at Filmbase, and the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (Ireland). He earned his BFA from the Memphis College of Art and also attended the New York Studio Residency Program. He is currently represented by Zeitgeist Gallery and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Nabit Art Building
105 Kennerly Road
University of the South
gallery hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 -
contact: Jessica Wohl 931.598.1256 firstname.lastname@example.org
More of DeGuira’s work can be seen at zeitgeist-art.com/patrickdeguira/