Currently at the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans, two Lafayette, LA artists who bring pattern to the fore in their own works are exhibiting: Stephanie Patton and Troy Dugas. Within both bodies of work, the two artists begin with a simple premise, a minimum of materials, and a highly repetitive process. However, their finalized works speak to the complexity, beauty and meaning that can unfold from such humble and rudimentary origins.
In the art world, some people wonder if this is the worst or the best of times. Neither of the leading art capitals, New York and London, have produced any truly exciting new art or artists in ages, but the silver lining is that tedious trends like postmodernism no longer rule, and vital regional art scenes like New Orleans and Los Angeles have never been more highly regarded. This quiet revolution that transcends the prevailing “isms” is exemplified in Acadiana-based Troy Dugas’ large cut-paper collages.
Meant to instruct in the art of attentiveness, a mandala is a visual aid used in Hindu and Buddhist meditation. In classical form, the design contains four “gates” that guard a central circle. An honest rhetorical question then: do make-your-own-mandala websites and Urban Outfitters’ mandala bedspreads undermine the significance of this mystical emblem? This isn’t to scoff at the mandala’s new pop-Zen identity, but to witness the mandala moment while trends, and the technologies that are their silent backdrop, become increasingly antithetical to its symbolism and utility is bizarre.
Troy Dugas’s exhibition “The Shape of Relics” at Arthur Roger Gallery featured in “12 Must See Painting Shows: March 2013,” by Steven Zevitas, Publisher, New American Paintings
The eight minutes video is a painful, shocking start to Stephanie Patton’s show Private Practice at the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans. The Shape of Relics from Troy Dugas occupies the other side of the gallery and assembles a large number of pieces organized by themes, resulting in a colorful display.
KRVS Interview: Artists Stephanie Patton and Troy Dugas talk about opening show in New Orleans at the Arthur Roger Gallery
From Oxford American, “Out of overwhelming curiosity, we wanted to discover the most talented and thrilling up-and-coming artists in the South. So we enlisted a range of Southern experts (gallery owners, curators, critics, artists) to help us find them. To make things manageable, we limited our interest (for the time being) to those who paint, photograph, and draw.”
From a distance, they look like intricate, hand-woven lace or scrupulously handcrafted fabrics. The designs are at once dizzyingly complicated and reassuringly predictable.
CIGAR, BOURBON, BEER and various other consumer product labels are the primary medium for Troy Dugas” work. The artist recycles these often-discarded commercial signifiers, transforming them into elaborate tapestries comprised of intricate patterns, color and overall compositional play. Dugas says of his work, “At first glance my work is very serious, very organized. But when you investigate it, I think it”s kind of funny.