My work is made from vintage product labels I purchase in unused bundles. I cut and arrange this material onto flat surfaces (paper, canvas, or wood) to produce artwork that appear woven. I use repetition, pattern, precision, and scale to distract from the original purpose of the label to sell a product. The material is deconstructed through cutting or shredding and the essential elements of color, shape, and line are utilized in a new way. The immediacy of the graphic label is substituted with aesthetic sensation and contemplation. There is a certain mischievous pleasure in the process of this transformation, and at the same time, a kind of meditation.
Artist Bio / CV
Troy Dugas, born in Rayne, Louisiana graduated with a MFA from Pratt Institute in 1998. He currently lives and works in Lafayette, Louisiana. Troy has received a 2009/2010 Pollock-Krasner Grant and a 2008 Fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. His work was recently featured in "Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 60's" published by MIT Press and curated by David Rubin. Troy's work is included in many private and public collections which include The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Weisman Foundation, and the West Collection.