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Daniel Calder

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

Blackboards are not typically a vehicle for personal expression. More commonly, they are used to disseminate knowledge to a broader audience. They are a window to specialized information - an educational tool. The paintings in this series serve both functions. They feature elements from our civic memory and act as a receptacle for the thoughts, feelings, or perhaps even indiscretions of viewers. I am providing the first half of an equation and inviting the visitors to finish the experience – blurring the line between artist, art, and audience. In this series - the blackboard icon is used to reexamine some of what we know about some of our most familiar historical figures, myths, and cultural phenomena, many reflecting and colored by my Southern up-bringing. The impetus for this series is my sense of confusion when confronted with the discord between what we are taught and what seems to be the case. Or perhaps what we are not taught - our selective collective memory.

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