Armory Center for the Arts and One Colorado are pleased to announce that Matt MacFarland will be Artist-in-Residence at The Artist Studio, a former storefront at 24 Smith Alley that has been converted into a working studio and exhibition space. From February 5 through June 5, 2011, MacFarland will maintain a studio practice while interacting with the general public through drawing and discussion. The Artist Studio is free and open to the public Monday and Wednesday 4pm – 8 pm, Tuesday 1pm – 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 5pm. A closing reception will take place on May 14, 2011 from 7pm -9 pm.
In his project at The Artist Studio, entitled Keep ‘em Entertained, MacFarland will capture likenesses of visitors to the space through the use of caricature, a style he has employed in the past. Free caricatures of visitors to One Colorado, drawn on weekends, will be installed in the galley; visitors who agree to sit for a caricature will be invited to collect their likeness at the end of the residency at a closing reception on May 14, 2011. The drawings are a part of an ongoing series of artworks inspired by the dichotomies and paradoxes of humor.
MacFarland uses wit and dark humor to explore themes of mortality, always beginning his artwork with a joke in mind. In his ongoing series of drawings, sculptures, and video, entitled “The Lost Artworks”, the artist has been dealing with the interdependence of opposing terms such as “tragedy and comedy,” along with other polarities such as “success and failure” and “life and death.” Now, by exploring strategies of caricature – a style generally considered fun and lighthearted – MacFarland examines the psychological, subjective, and sometimes darker aspects of portraiture. In Keep ‘em Entertained, the artist straddles a thin line between light entertainment and more complex representations of our collective human nature and psyche.