Michael Scoggins

American, b. 1973

492 followers

Michael Scoggins

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American, b. 1973

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492
Biography

“The work I make is always political,” says Michael Scoggins, who lampoons American and art-world politics and provincialism in trenchant, disarming schoolboy-style doodles and writings. He began, as he describes, as “a painters’ painter,” invested in the materials and processes of his medium and convinced that paintings should speak for themselves. Ultimately feeling blocked by this early work, he revisited his adult and childhood notebooks and hit upon the approach he has been following ever since. On large-scale sheets of paper that he cuts, creases, crumples, and rules with lines to look exactly like notebook pages, he sketches, makes notes, and writes essays in a naïve, childlike hand. Scoggins presents each piece as if it is an assignment, dutifully writing his name, “Michael S.,” and the date next to drawings of superheroes, dead presidents, and phrases like, “Pinko, Commie, Art.”

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Biography

“The work I make is always political,” says Michael Scoggins, who lampoons American and art-world politics and provincialism in trenchant, disarming schoolboy-style doodles and writings. He began, as he describes, as “a painters’ painter,” invested in the materials and processes of his medium and convinced that paintings should speak for themselves. Ultimately feeling blocked by this early work, he revisited his adult and childhood notebooks and hit upon the approach he has been following ever since. On large-scale sheets of paper that he cuts, creases, crumples, and rules with lines to look exactly like notebook pages, he sketches, makes notes, and writes essays in a naïve, childlike hand. Scoggins presents each piece as if it is an assignment, dutifully writing his name, “Michael S.,” and the date next to drawings of superheroes, dead presidents, and phrases like, “Pinko, Commie, Art.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Shows Featuring Michael Scoggins
Articles Featuring Michael Scoggins
“Dirty Words” Probes Real Issues through Classroom Antics
Jun 29th, 2015
“Dirty Words” Probes Real Issues through Classroom Antics
Dear Diary: Michael Scoggins Explores the Art of The Confessional
Nov 21st, 2014
Dear Diary: Michael Scoggins Explores the Art of The Confessional
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