It’s hard to say why we remember certain things, or what makes a particular moment in time worth remembering. That time that you fell in the water canoeing, or the place that you grew up. The perfume bottle that was above your grandmother’s toilet, the concert where that one guy totally rocked. We all collect experiences through our actions, as well as objects and images to remind us of them -- photographs, trinkets, souvenirs that serve as a physical link between now and then.
My work investigates the various ways we subjectively interpret and internalize events, objects and places. In a world that is becoming more and more connected, I am interested in how my concepts of place, memory and taxonomy overlap and form connections with others who are living in the same system.
My recent investigations (especially my Why we do this exhibition at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis) have built upon my established interest in objects, collecting, and shared cultural experiences and have moved into areas of audience interaction and participation. While my previous installations and drawings have used methods of display and ordering similar to the language of a museum, Why we do this pushed those concepts further, setting up the environment in a way that allowed discovery, reflection and participation in a sprawling 12,000 sq. ft. diorama-esque atmosphere. The concepts of Why we do this were site-specific, hinging on the history of the building and its inhabitants.
Artist Bio / CV
Andy DuCett is from Winona, MN and currently lives and works in Minneapolis. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois and currently teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His work has been shown in galleries in Chicago, San Francisco, New York City, Milwaukee and Honolulu, as well as many Minneapolis locations. He has been published in multiple textbooks and hardbound international books, as well as ARTFORUM, New American Paintings, The Daily Beast, Art Puluse Magazine, ApartmentTherapy.com, DailyServing.com, as well as publications in Toronto, Berlin, Tokyo, and London. He recently completed a solo show at the 12,000 square foot Soap Factory in Minneapolis, entitled Why we do this, which was named one of the top shows of 2012 by the Walker Art Center's Executive Director Olga Viso. He received a 2009 Minnesota Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, allowing him to travel to Tokyo, Japan and was featured on the television series from Twin Cities Public Television, MN Original, as well as interviewed by PBS. Additional information and full CV can be found at http://andyducett.com