October 18 – November 15, 2008
Starting with the hypothesis that the western frontier—largely untouched or else having been built fast and furiously—is relatively free from history’s yoke, Peat Duggins presents the West as clean data for a cultural litmus test reflecting our values now. He develops Hickory Ridge, a fictitious community that has been the focus of his work for the past five years, to explore the personal and social identity of 21st century America.
Black Room provides the back-story of Hickory Ridge. The work in the show is a meditation on history itself, specifically the ebb and flow of human progress as set against the perennial, natural world. Duggins has transformed the gallery into a civic space that references both historical architecture and elements of our everyday environment. The most dominant element of the exhibition are eight woven tapestries that correspond to compass directions traditionally associated with the seasons and times of the day. Seen in the round they form a complete cycle of human/nature progression.
About the Artist:
Peat Duggins moved to Austin after studying at Rhode Island School of Design & Brown University. He currently lives and works in Austin as a practicing artist. Since his last solo exhibition at Art Palace in 2006 he has presented his work as part of “2 to Watch” at Artpace, San Antonio. He was also selected for several residency programs including Bemis Artist Residency Program in Omaha, Nebraska and The MacDowell Colony in New Haven, Connecticut. His works has been included in exhibitions at Road Agent Gallery, Texas State University, Austin Museum of Art and The Texas Biennial.