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September 10 - October 22, 2010

Cleveland

Paul Druecke (Milwaukee, WI)

Part of SWAP

Cleveland
Future History Part II

Future History Part II  Paul Druecke | 2010 | plaque | photograph by Jerry Mann

Future History Part II, the Unveiling

Future History Part II, the Unveiling  Paul Druecke | 2010 | event | photograph by Jerry Mann

Camp Cleveland (installation view)

Camp Cleveland (installation view)  Paul Druecke | 2010 | charcoal on kraft paper | photograph by Jerry Mann

Camp Cleveland (detail)

Camp Cleveland (detail)  Paul Druecke | 2010 | charcoal on kraft paper | photograph by Jerry Mann

Future History Part II

Future History Part II  Paul Druecke | 2010 | plaque | photograph by Jerry Mann

Where Wild Dogs Roam, Or No

Where Wild Dogs Roam, Or No  Paul Druecke | 2010 | digital image | courtesy of the artist

Field Research (detail)

Field Research (detail)  Paul Druecke | 2010 | photography | courtesy of the artist

Field Research (detail)

Field Research (detail)  Paul Druecke | 2010 | photography | courtesy of the artist

In an age where everyone has their 15 minutes, identity is verified by a Google search, and we have access to the other side of the planet without ever having to set foot there, why is there a consistent universal attempt to leave a permanent imprint in a fleeting, forgetful culture?

Milwaukee-based artist Paul Druecke has created a number of works that explore how the act of acknowledgment intertwines with both power and desire. He is interested in the process of remembering. In his work, the artist has employed collaborative, interactive processes to address subjects including celebrity, social perspective of the public realm, and memorializing, among other topics.

As part of the SPACES World Artists Program (SWAP), the multi-disciplinary artist embarks on an eight-week residency in Cleveland, OH to further explore memorials and landmarks. Following his residency, Druecke will present an exhibition opening Friday, September 10 that will remain on view through October 23, 2010. His work will evolve in specific relation to Cleveland and his experiences and engagement with the city.

Druecke writes, "I am interested in stories told by landmarks that exist beyond what is inscribed in bronze. These stories include, who had (and has) the wherewithal to make their imprint public? And what limits are in place regarding the content of commemoration/sponsorship?" The artist takes into consideration the implications of waning government funding and the individual's interest in naming rights within the public forum. He continues, "My interest in this, while of course political, is more about idiosyncrasy in relation to community, and the ever-evolving nostalgia of our urban fabric."

Druecke employs a variety of formats in his work: intervention, collaboration, photo series, and texts, which, in turn, cross-reference one another. The projects utilize ubiquitous social phenomena such as bronze plaques, bake sales, red carpets, or the boardroom. Druecke uses these familiar frames of reference to investigate relationships between autonomy, influence, and community. The work extends beyond the physical or psychological context of the art institution, and is located in the broader cultural arena.

Paul Druecke's projects have been presented throughout the United States and in Europe in venues including the K

About the Artist

Paul Druecke

Paul Druecke lives in Milwaukee Wisconsin. His work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. A co-authored discussion of his work will be included in the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Public Art and he's currently an invited resident at the Zentrum f go to artist page

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