Exhibit opens at Madigan GalleryOctober 8, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, email@example.com
Visitors will have the occasion to view artist Bill Amundson's drawings during an exhibit Oct. 18 trough Dec. 1 in California State University Bakersfield's Todd Madigan Gallery.
Amundson is a highly skilled draftsman but the content of his drawings is what bites. His work consists mostly of two subjects:
- Himself, usually in plain black pencil on paper.
- Suburban, chain-store and chain-restaurant dominated landscapes, usually in colored pencil and incongruously small.
Some of his most recent works combine the two. All are humorous and critical.
His humorous critiques of American culture sometimes include his own body as a billboard for corporate logos, as in "Branded Man." But these self-portrait drawings aren't so much self-deprecation as visceral expressions of individuality gone haywire under identity crushing consumerism. His landscape drawings portray a similar haplessness in the homogeneity of the American housing and shopping experience. Evenly spaced, formulaic houses in neighborhoods with equally formulaic names may seem like caricatures, but except for their diminutive rendering in delicately goofy colored pencil, they really aren't far from reality.
Amundson lives and works in Denver, and will be visiting CSUB to prepare this exhibit and meet with students.
During the exhibition, the Todd Madigan Gallery will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free, but a daily parking permit costs $2.
A reception for the artist is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the gallery. Admission, refreshments and parking (lots B and C) will all be free.
For more information on the Todd Madigan Gallery, please visit the website: www.csub.edu/art/gallery or call (661) 654-2238.