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Bob Guthridge

Memphis, TN, United States

My Piece of Mind series addresses the growing imbalance between our society and our environment, and I make my social statements by creating three-dimensional editorial cartoons. My palette consists of dark humor and sarcasm with a touch of deception. I work in light and dark: not with color, hues or shades, but rather with the evil and the good, the funny and the macabre, the opposite sides of human nature. In my world, animals think like humans, humans act like animals, and to quote Grace Slick, “logic and proportions have fallen sloppy dead.” Working in miniature allows me to create very large environments in a very small space. I want the observer to look down on these tiny worlds and feel God-like. This mimics our society, which, through technology, has taken over our world. We are now the gods in control of our environment, and we have the choice of becoming saviors or murderers. Our society has become riddled with contradictions and hypocrisy – technologies that both help and hurt, environmental issues of destruction and reclamation, and the escalation of wealth and social inequities. These contradictions and hypocrisies are the themes at the core of my art. I recently received my MFA in sculpture from the Memphis College of Art. My BFA was also in sculpture and I received it from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1971. Prior to going back to school for my masters, I was an international award winning photographer, and my photographs of B.B. King are known around the world. In the future I plan to continue with my Piece of Mind series and also teach at the college level.

Bob's ArtPrize Entries

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    Piece of Mind (Series)

    2015 ArtPrize Entry Bob Guthridge
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