This exhibition, Troy Dugas’ fourth with the gallery, includes the artist’s familiar, meticulously created mandala-like compositions as well as evolved works incorporating paint in synthesized large-scale portrait and still life assemblages. Shredded product labels in golds, reds and browns are intricately arranged to form mesmerizing works reminiscent of mosaic patterns and stained glass. Others form rhythmic, kaleidoscopic shapes with juxtaposed brightly colored labels.
Troy Dugas is inspired by the decorative symbolism, mysticism and integration of art and daily life as presented in the works from the Nabis movement of the late 1800s. The artist cites the patterns, compositions and figural depictions in the work of Édouard Vuillard as specifically resonant. This inspiration is particularly evident in his recent, evolutionary portraits and still lifes of figures situated with plants in vases composed in blues and greens as well as radiant flowers in yellows and purples.
Troy Dugas creates intricate, large-scale cut paper assemblages from his extensive collection of unused product labels. This material is cut or shredded to produce artwork that appears woven. Repetition, pattern, symmetry, precision, and scale are used to distract from the label’s original purpose. The essential elements of color, shape, and line are utilized in a new way, and the altered context of the source material provides new meaning. The immediacy of the graphic label is transformed into aesthetic sensation and contemplation. Void of any specific religion, the work reflects the spirit of a scavenger creating his own myths. Troy received his MFA from Pratt Institute in 1997 and currently lives and works in south Louisiana. He has been awarded grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and his work is in the collections of the Frederick Weisman Foundation and the West Collection.
Troy is represented by the Arthur Roger Gallery in New..