Peat Duggins
The Moment that Changed My Life Forever

April 22 -May 31, 2006

Art Palace presents The Moment That Changed My Life Forever, a new installation by Peat Duggins that revisits Hickory Ridge, the fantasy community from the 2004 Fresh Up Club exhibition The Battle of Hickory Ridge. The Moment That Changed My Life Forever is a prequel to the 2004 piece that investigated the history and politics of Hickory Ridge. For the show at Art Palace, Duggins populates Hickory Ridge to explore its personal and spiritual aspects. Moment looks at the feedback loop created when tragedy is succeeded by reactionary politics, which in turn yield further misfortune.

About the Artist:
Peat Duggins moved to Austin after receiving his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design’s Film and Animation department in 2000. He is a practicing artist as well as a freelance illustrator and animator. In 2004-05 he worked on Linklater’s upcoming film, A Scanner Darkly. In 2002 he co-founded The Fresh Up Club, co-directing it with Dave Bryant for two years. Duggin’s work has been in several group exhibitions including the Austin Museum of Art’s 2005 22 To Watch and the Texas Biennial in 2005. That same year he received The Austin Critic’s Table Award for his solo exhibition, The Battle of Hickory Ridge. His work has been featured in several publications including Artl!ies and Glasstire. This year Duggins will serve as editor for his upcoming publication, Okay Mountain. He has recently been accepted to the prestigious Bemis Artist Residency in Omaha, Nebraska.