As a kid, my favorite super heroes were the “big men”–The Incredible Hulk, The Swamp Thing, Colossus, Thing, etc. All of these big men were ultra-masculine powerhouses whose elemental urges dwarfed their reason. These comic book strong men provided a catalyst for the questions that concern my current practice. The media I use–graphite, charcoal, clay and ink– are as direct and physical as those behemoths. My recent work explores the difference between strength and power, the place of mythology in image making and the tension between the physical and the spiritual. I engage these questions through comics, large-scale wall drawings, sculpture and illustration. My goal is to create narrative in different contexts– be that in a gallery, a commercial magazine or on the side of an abandoned building.
There are three projects represented in these images: the Green Man of Portland, a fabricated legend set into the history of Portland. It manifests itself as a comic, a series of paintings and a large scale public art project. The Naked Boy: a graphic novel to published in 2009 and shown in Atlanta. Sleeping Giant, an installation and now collaboration with the choreographer Lawrence Goldhuber.
Artist Bio / CV
Daniel Duford is an artist and writer. He makes site-specific wall drawings, paintings, comics and sculpture to tell stories that meditate on myth in the American psyche. His sculpture and drawings have been shown nationally including MASS MoCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, The Albuquerque Art Museum, Contemporary Craft Gallery, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and The Art Gym at Marylhurst University. His illustration and comic work has appeared in Tin House Magazine and the self-published titles, Radio Relay Towers, The Green Man of B Street and We Are on Our Mind (with C.Hollow). His writing has appeared in Parabola, Artweek, ARTnews, The Organ, The Bear Deluxe, Emily Dickinson Award Anthology, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Technical and Ceramics: Art and Perception. His work has been reviewed by The New York Times, The Village Voice, New York Press, The Albany Times Union, The Oregonian, Sculpture Magazine, Art Papers, Artweek, The Willamette Week and the Portland Mercury.
He teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art.