Troy Dugas' Centered at Barbara Archer Gallery
by Jessica Blankenship
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Assembling the leftovers of a hyper-consumerist world and reconstructing them into forms in no way reminiscent of their buy-and-sell origins rouses a fond serenity. In his solo exhibition Centered at Barbara Archer Gallery, Troy Dugas accomplishes this in perhaps the most fulfilling way possible. After all, what opposes consumerism, marketing, and labels more than mandalas and religiously tinged spreads that are all about rhythmic pattern and domestic tradition?
The undeniable element of spirituality is derived neither from the labels themselves nor from their originating products. Rather, the works possess a scavenging spirit, as if their materials were naturally occurring in this other world; the result pays the materials no more heed than if they were anything else. It’s unexpected and extremely satisfying that the large, vibrant, mesmerizing constructions actually demean the labels from which they were made rather than exalting them. Instead, Dugas’ (and affectively, the viewer’s) focus is on the precision and scale of the works. At most, one might wonder where the hell he got so many labels. In a time when artistic statements about consumerism are almost exhaustingly ubiquitous, the typical dialogue between found material and finished product is refreshingly absent from Dugas’ work.
Centered also features a number of vintage prints, cut up and re-pieced together. The results—pixilated distortions of the original images—are at least aesthetically congruent, if not contextually disjointed, from the label-made works. The two groups have a similar, somewhat manic level of detail, but unlike the label works, the reworked prints beg viewers to consider what the original material looked like … and it’s not always easy to figure out. But the end product was so pretty that the curiosity didn’t kill me too much.
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Who's Up Next?
Promising Talent Showcased in Introductions 
by Jerry Cullum
for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
LIKE MOST THINGS in America, the art world is all about the Next Big Thing. So it makes sense that the Atlanta Gallery Association should offer some introductions each summer. This one is called, logically, "Introductions," a collaboration for showing off new artists, artists not seen before in Atlanta or sometimes just artists new to a gallery (plus a few "none of the above").
Tew Galleries is hosting the keynote event of this enterprise, a panel discussion with a long-winded but exact title: "Atlanta's Emerging Arts Scene: The Role of Artists, Collectors, Critics, Curators, Galleries and Educators." The lineup of local figures will be stellar: artist JF Baldwin; Swan Coach House Gallery curator and patron Marianne Lambert; critic and freelance curator Felicia Feaster; educator Brett Osborn; and collector Dr. Mike Behr, also a board member of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
The July 20 panel isn't likely to show us the Next Big Thing. But anybody who wants to know where things could be going next would do well to show up. The one category not covered in the title is plain, old gallerygoers, and you can speak up from the audience.
Member galleries will all be open 6-9:30 p.m. on July 14 to kick off "Introductions."
• THE 411: Panel discussion: July 20, 7-8:30 p.m., cocktail hour 6 p.m. Tew Galleries, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 24, Atlanta. 404-869-0511, www.timothytew.com.
• ALSO: General information about "Introductions" is available on www.atlart.com or from firstname.lastname@example.org and 404-818-6084.
• Aliya Linstrum Gallery
• Barbara Archer Gallery
• Francis Aronson Fine Art
• Atlanta Art Gallery
• Fay Gold Gallery
• Anne Irwin Fine Art
• Lagerquist Gallery
• Lowe Gallery
• Mason Murer Projects
• Matre Gallery
• Reinike Gallery
• Sandler Hudson Gallery
• Naomi Silva Gallery
• The Sportsman's Gallery
• Tew Galleries
• Twinhouse Gallery
• Trinity Gallery
• Vespermann Gallery
• Vinson Gallery
• Marcia Wood Gallery
Check the Big A List for addresses and contact info.
"Introductions" includes Troy Dugas' masterwork of cigar labels,
"El Producto Cigar #4," at Barbara Archer Gallery.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 13, 2006, Page P32
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