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Gregory Badger

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      My art has always been about boundaries. I believe that this is the examination of difference. When does one thing become another, two or three dimensionally? Forms and lines are an integral part of this exploration. I was taught that the ways in which you convey boundaries is based on the principal of form and line. Contour is one way of expressing boundary, using lines to define the edge of a form from a vantage point. The other is based on a response to light and shade, using dark in front of light or visa versa to create mass. Because having mass suggests the acquisition of space, this creates boundaries on a visual three-dimensional plane.
Nude Figure, 2006 - charcoal, conté crayon, graphite & gesso on paper
Nude Figure, 2006 - charcoal, conté crayon, graphite & gesso on paper - 18” x 24”
All two-dimensional art relies on these conventions. My entire career at Plattsburgh has been devoted to pursuit of this fundamental understanding. There are countless elements that make up the image you see while viewing my artwork. One of the most apparent is the sun, for without it life could not thrive as it has.
      Another integral part of my work is the medium. I do not know where my canvas was woven or from which field the cotton was harvested that made the canvas. I am also unaware of the location where the trees, needed to produce the paper that facilitate my drawings, were logged. What I do know is that all the energy spent to assist in the production of my artwork is something that drives me to create art that is meaningful and worthy of sacrifice. After these conditions are carefully thought about, the work becomes a celebration of the medium. My primary concern is to enjoy the process of creating while remaining cognizant of the privilege that I have been afforded. I have questioned whether or not my art is an important thing to be doing. There are other actions that would be more helpful to our society. But, our society is defined by our cultural accomplishments. In short, our art defines us. It is in exploring this definition that I am concerned. Our entire lives are spent creating waste. It is a reality that we are very good at expending resources. My art is about sacrifice, process, and creating, but it is also about defining myself and what is important.

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Thumbnail Image, Click to Enlarge14. Meat-free Chicken
mixed media on canvas
58 x 41
Burke Gallery
Thumbnail Image, Click to Enlarge15. Enclosed Space (Nude Figure)
mixed media on paper
25 x 31
Burke Gallery
Thumbnail Image, Click to Enlarge16. Form 2
mixed media on paper
31 x 25
Burke Gallery
Thumbnail Image, Click to Enlarge65. Hind Profile
mixed media on canvas
79 x 41
Lobby Gallery
Thumbnail Image, Click to Enlarge112. Sitting Layered
mixed media on paper
36 x 28
Lobby Gallery
Thumbnail Image, Click to Enlarge113. Form
mixed media on paper
25 x 31
Lobby Gallery
Thumbnail Image, Click to Enlarge119. Compressed Torso
mixed media on canvas
20 x 26
Lobby Gallery
Thumbnail Image, Click to Enlarge120. Atomic Knee
mixed media
21 x 17
Lobby Gallery
Thumbnail Image, Click to Enlarge146. Lean Gaze
mixed media on paper
25 x 31
Lobby Gallery
Thumbnail Image, Click to Enlarge147. Heave Off
mixed media on paper
25 x 31
Lobby Gallery
Thumbnail Image, Click to Enlarge148. Condensed Reclining Nude
charcoal on paper
25 x 31
Lobby Gallery
Thumbnail Image, Click to Enlarge149. Big Knee
mixed media on paper
36 x 28
Lobby Gallery
Thumbnail Image, Click to Enlarge154. Expression of My Inner Feelings
mixed media
37 x 52
Lobby Gallery
Thumbnail Image, Click to Enlarge155. Half a Back
mixed media
28 x 50
Lobby Gallery

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