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Lee Deigaard
updated: 04/30/2010
website: www.leedeigaard.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Untitled (river)
Untitled (wildwood i)
Untitled (wildwood ii)
Untitled (atchafalaya)
Untitled (river ii)
Untitled (oak)
Untitled (oak)
Untitled (lafitte, creek, wildwood ii)
Creek I and Creek II
Untitled (fluoroscopy)
Untitled (photogenic drawing)
Untitled (fluoroscopy ii)
Detail-- Untitled (river)
Untitled (creek 1)
Untitled (lafitte)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, anatomy, science, abstract, figurative, gestural, landscape, nature, mapping, meditative
 
 
Untitled (river) by Lee Deigaard
Untitled (river)
ink on paper
2008
29" x  23" 
Untitled (wildwood i) by Lee Deigaard
Untitled (wildwood i)
sumi ink on paper
2009
29 " x  23 " 
Untitled (wildwood ii) by Lee Deigaard
Untitled (wildwood ii)
sumi ink on paper
2009
29 " x  23 " 
Untitled (atchafalaya) by Lee Deigaard
Untitled (atchafalaya)
chinese ink on paper
2008
29" x  23" 
Untitled (river ii) by Lee Deigaard
Untitled (river ii)
sumi ink on paper
2009
29 " x  23 " 
Untitled (oak) by Lee Deigaard
Untitled (oak)
ink on paper
2008
23" x  29" 
Untitled (oak) by Lee Deigaard
Untitled (oak)
ink on paper
2008
23" x  29" 
Untitled (lafitte, creek, wildwood ii) by Lee Deigaard
Untitled (lafitte, creek, wildwood ii)
sumi ink on paper
2009
23 " x  96 " 
Creek I and Creek II by Lee Deigaard
Creek I and Creek II
ink on matboard
2009
20 " x  34 " 
Untitled (fluoroscopy) by Lee Deigaard
Untitled (fluoroscopy)
digital print
2009
Dimensions variable
Untitled (photogenic drawing) by Lee Deigaard
Untitled (photogenic drawing)
digital print
2009
Dimensions variable
Untitled (fluoroscopy ii) by Lee Deigaard
Untitled (fluoroscopy ii)
digital print
2009
Dimensions variable
Detail-- Untitled (river) by Lee Deigaard
Detail-- Untitled (river)
digital print
2008
Dimensions variable
Untitled (creek 1) by Lee Deigaard
Untitled (creek 1)
sumi ink on paper
2009
23 " x  29 " 
Untitled (lafitte) by Lee Deigaard
Untitled (lafitte)
chinese ink on paper
2008
23" x  29" 

Artist Statement
Drawing is a kind of perceptual mapping.  I look for the lines and arcs the eye travels when investigating space, the “sight lines” which carve and delineate both mass and the space around it.  I want to convey an experience of velocity, to record the vibrations and shifts that drive perception.  I don’t finish a drawing so much as tune it to the right frequency.
Maps are theoretical, abstracting time and space, conflating past and future journeys.  Drawing is also theoretical; it speculates.  To me, a living drawing doesn’t render so much as harmonize the accidental or reckless with the considered and deliberate.  I want to force a repose to the habit of instant comprehension.
An infrared aerial photograph of the Mississippi Delta looks like a tree.  Histologies from the cerebellum, the brain’s seat of sensory and motor control, look exactly like trees.
When a tree exists in the world (as opposed to in our imaginations or as a metaphor) it seems solid, but its volumes are more air than wood.  The air eddies among its branches; the tree embraces the intangible giving it boundary and substance. A tree draws and redraws its reciprocal forms in shadows on the ground.

Photogenic Drawings explore the 19th century idea of photography as a form of drawing in which subject matter collaborates with medium to render a likeness, i.e. nature “draws herself”.  While philosophically derived from photograms, they  explore ideas of artistic authorship and creative agency through broadened conceptions of the physical implements of drawing. Encephalograms imagine a medical device that delineates the cobwebs of  the brain.  Others in the series consider what the machine sees when it looks into viscera. Sutures, needles, parasites, lost trains of thought float, contort, and scribble themselves into the haze.  Medical imaging, like drawing, requires interpretation and conjecture. Could a machine lens trained to penetrate our darkest recesses offer insight or validation, portraiture?

Artist Bio / CV

Education:

2002 Master of Fine Arts, Univ of Michigan School of Art & Design

1996 Master of Arts, Univ of Texas at Austin, English/Creative Writing

1992 Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, with honors, fine arts major

Selected Exhibitions & Collaborations 2002-10:

Tapeta Lucida, solo show, The Front, New Orleans

Southern Open 2010, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA

McNeese National Works on Paper, Lake Charles, LA

Memorial to Topsy, Coney Island Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Surge:NOLA Rising, Brooklyn Lyceum, Brooklyn, NY

Persephone's Spring: Return from Exile, Tulane Univ, New Orleans

Dollhaus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Electrocution Group Show

Surfacing: Work of Emerging Artists, Albion College

Sfumato, art-music-dance collaboration performed at the Univ of Michigan

Statmob:Statues in Motion, art-music-dance collaboration, Ann Arbor Dance Works, Univ of Michigan

E/Motion: The Feeling Body, collaborative multi-media exhibition involving faculty in neuroethology, political science, philosophy, literature, and art

Selected Lectures & Publications 2003-9:

www.sagaciouscreatures.com

Best of NYC, (Topsy Memorial), the Village Voice

They Didn't Forget, New York Times

In Memory of an Elephant, Time Out New York

New York Honors Electrocuted Elephant, BBC World Service

Pachyderm Peep Shows, Permutations of Trees, and the Post-Diluvian Brain, Visiting Artist lecture, Univ of Michigan SOAD

Topsy, Artist's Talk, Coney Island Museum, Brooklyn, NY

The Elephant Other, Hybrid Monsters, lectures at Albion College

Selected Awards and Fellowships:

Individual Artist Fellowship, Louisiana Division of the Arts

Artist-in-Residence, Louisiana ArtWorks

Witt Visiting Artist, Univ of Michigan

Philip C. Curtis Visiting Artist, Albion College

Lorian Hemingway Short Fiction Award

James Michener Fellowship

Yale-China Fellowship

Rackham Summer Institute Fellowship