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Jason Stout

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

My recent work explores the stereotypes and standards that deal with the notions of the heroic verses the false prophet. This can range from the exploration and re-conceptualization of historical figures or an examination of other characters that derive from Southern or popular culture. Examples of these characters include criminals, outlaws, family members, and other general power authorities, such as soldiers and military guises. The characters are then placed in various narratives, sometimes cooperating, sometimes battling against each other, that demonstrate the political, spiritual, and mental aspects that create identity in our culture. The formal placement of the figures in the compositions also set up a play on words as to the identity of the figures coming as they arrive at whatever narrative is being built. This includes left verses right, the heavenly verses the damned, and everything else that happens in the “middle”.

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