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Scott Espeseth
updated: 01/19/2013
website: www.scottespeseth.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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art-medium
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Wagon
Hostas
Spotlight
Beast
Then Leave!
Mysterious Island
Velkommen
Scary Giraffes
Merry Christmas
Math
Cesarean Birth
Science
So Sorry for Your Loss
Social Studies
Metamorphosis
 
Portfolio Keywords:  domestic, dreams, humor, landscape, memory, narrative, obsessive, psychological, surreal, still life
 
 
Wagon by Scott Espeseth
Wagon
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2012
12 " x  12 " 
Hostas by Scott Espeseth
Hostas
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2012
19" x  29" 
Spotlight by Scott Espeseth
Spotlight
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2012
16" x  16" 
Beast by Scott Espeseth
Beast
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2012
14" x  14" 
Then Leave! by Scott Espeseth
Then Leave!
Ballpoint Pen
2011
12.5 " x  18 " 
Mysterious Island by Scott Espeseth
Mysterious Island
Ballpoint Pen
2011
14 " x  14 " 
Velkommen by Scott Espeseth
Velkommen
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2009
8" x  10" 
Scary Giraffes by Scott Espeseth
Scary Giraffes
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2010
10.5 " x  14 " 
Merry Christmas by Scott Espeseth
Merry Christmas
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2010
13.5 " x  15.5 " 
Math by Scott Espeseth
Math
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2009
5" x  8" 
Cesarean Birth by Scott Espeseth
Cesarean Birth
Ballpoint Pen
2010
12" x  11" 
Science by Scott Espeseth
Science
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2009
8" x  10" 
So Sorry for Your Loss by Scott Espeseth
So Sorry for Your Loss
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2010
11 " x  14 " 
Social Studies by Scott Espeseth
Social Studies
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2009
8" x  8" 
Metamorphosis by Scott Espeseth
Metamorphosis
Ballpoint Pen on Paper
2009
6 " x  5 " 

Artist Statement
These drawings are echoes of a certain vernacular visual culture of drawn images: cartoons, children’s book illustrations, and the myriad throw-away drawings that we create in our everyday lives whether to work out a problem or out of sheer boredom. They emerge distorted by obsessively pushing them to a level of finish well beyond what is merited, and by removal from their native habitat. Through drawing, I immerse myself in a space or an idea. Different drawing media suggest their own universe, and I make bodies of work that are unified through being made of the same material. I use commonplace, overlooked, and sometimes obsolete media, always with an eye toward evoking a certain tradition or language of drawing, whether it be the old-master qualities of silverpoint or the amateurish clumsiness of ballpoint pen. I revisit memories, and often manifest latent pre-adolescent fantasies. Though the aim may be nostalgia, or beauty, or midwestern values, there lies a sense of unease, an anxiety just beneath the surface. Always, the images are laden with a sense of failure, a pathetic disappointment, accepted with good humor.

Artist Bio / CV

Education:

2000    MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Graphics

1997    BFA, West Virginia University, Printmaking

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions:

2011    The Plot Thickens, with Art Guerra, SUGAR, Brooklyn, NY

2007    Silver Points, Alcove, New York, NY

2006    Clear Blue Sky, Richard F. Brush Gallery, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY.

2005
    Backyard Premonitions, James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, Overture Center, Madison, WI.

2004
    Minor Disasters, DeRicci Gallery, Edgewood College, Madison, WI.

2001
    Paper Work, Class of 1925 Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI.

2000    Scott Espeseth: Prints, 7th Floor Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.

Group Exhibitions:

2012   25 for 25: Silver Anniversary Exhibition, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Bookless, Madison Central Library, Madison, WI

Lineup, Round 2, SUGAR, Brooklyn, NY

2011   Lineup, SUGAR, Brooklyn, NY

2010   Mano/Mundo/Corazón: Artists Interpret La Lotería, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago IL

Here and Now and Then, University of Wisconsin Art Lofts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Faculty Exhibition, Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, Beloit, WI 

2009    Big, Big Bangs / Small, Small Bucks II, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
A Taste of Sugar, Sugar Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Contemporary Drawing: 7 Perspectives, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

2008    Big, Big Bangs / Small, Small Bucks, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2007    Art Chicago, with Dean Jensen Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006    Likely Stories, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Gallery Representation:

Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Bibliography:

2009    Smith, Jennifer. Eight to Know: In Praise of Artists You May Have Missed. Isthmus 29 May, 2009: 12.

Williams-Ng, Stacey. Small Wonders. Milwaukee Home and Fine Living Mar. 2009: 14.

2005    Smith, Jennifer, A Game of Inches: Artists Pack Big Ideas Into Small Formats, Isthmus, May 27, 2005, Volume 29, Number 21

Stockinger, Jacob, Try Your Luck at Watrous, The Wisconsin State Journal, May 12, 2005

2004    Auer, James, Toying With Qualms, Paranoia, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 16, 2004