Boy and His Dream

2012 ArtPrize Entry
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Have you ever joined in on President Bashing when “your guy” isn’t the one in office? I’ve done it, and it didn’t seem to accomplish much but get me into an argument with someone who I wasn’t aware held such deep political opinions. The truth is, I hardly ever do it just for that reason, but what I have done regularly is bash friends, family and myself. Boy and His Dream is a painting that went through several major changes beginning as an exploration of a photo I saw of President Bush staring out the window of Marine One while flying over the capital. The expression reminded me of a little boy trapped in an adult’s dream for power and the boy feeling completely separated from his true source of life and vitality. As I worked on the painting, I quickly realized that it was about me and how I had been lost deep in the woods of my own dream. When I look back at the changes I had made to the painting, it shows me insights into the process of healing my own inner pain.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Acrylic on canvas and prints
  • Width: 108 inches
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 64 inches

Venue & Connection Information

The work consists of a 62-inch tall by 80-inch wide painting accompanied by three giclee prints showing three pinnacle changes made to the painting as it was created. Each print is 18 inches wide by 14 inches high and will be vertically stack on the left side of the painting with two narrative signs between each print describing the progression of the work and insights gained from the work. The total size of the work, including the 3 prints, two narrative labels, and the final painting, is 108 inches wide by 64 inches tall. I am available to assist with the installation or I can provide detailed installation instructions upon request

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: Yes
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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