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Doug Argue (b. 1962) currently resides in New York City. His works are included in numerous public collections, including the Walker Art Center, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. In 2009, The London International Creative Competition awarded him Artist of the Year. Argue was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Prix De Rome, a Bush Foundation Fellowship and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Edelman Arts presented solo exhibitions of his works in 2011 and 2013 as well as an exhibition of monumental works in collaboration with New York’s Haunch of Venison in June 2012.
I have been taking apart original texts and using the letters to build my painted images. The characters are stretched, pulled and canted nearly beyond recognition and transformed into movement, shape, pattern and color. I distort the letters on the computer and create stencils, so that each painted letter is unique. The letters that I use are not random but are derived from a primary source. Most of the paintings from my last show include letters taken from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The waves of characters in The Art of Translation come from the Greek and English adaptation of the first passages of the Odyssey. Letters used for Little Sorrows migrated to the canvas from 100 different poems.