Coop Gallery presents Donald Fodness: Dysfunctional Multitools
On View: November 4-25, 2017. Reception: November 4th, 6-9 PM.
Dysfunctional Multitools is an ongoing series of ideas exploring utility, absurdity, and the integration of art into everyday life. It reflects notions of survival, the apocalypse, product display and design, mixed use, a personal relationship to objects, their history and potential. Fodness employs humor as a lure into the work. His imagery is a collision of sources, styles, and subjects that operate as an open-ended and nonlinear construction of reality. His art provides the viewer with a multiplicity of access points that eventually weave a tangled cosmos. His work is psychological and filters culture through a feedback loop of the kitsch and banal to surface a grotesque comedy.
Fodness works with readymade systems and personal narrative as a departure point. These structures provide the artist with parameters for finding, hiding, and projecting imagery. While personal history is often a part of the work, he is less interested in autobiography than in a viewers recognizing a personal relationship with the complexity.
Donald Fodness earned a BA degree in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and an MFA in Painting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Fodness has an interdisciplinary practice that includes drawing, sculpture, furniture and installation. His drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Regionally he has created site specific installations for the Denver Art Museum, The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, The Gallery of Contemporary Art in Colorado Springs, two Biennial of the Americas, and Harmony Hammond’s Material Engagements at Redline. His work has been published in New American Paintings, Sculpture Magazine, Yahoo home page, Found Magazine, The Creators Project, and art LTD.
Fodness is an active community member, curator, and collaborator with The Flying OHNO Twins and The DMB Collective. He co founded Showpen Residency, is a founding member of Hyperlink, he is an Artnaut, and a member of Tank Studios. He served as an educator at the college level for nearly seven years at various institutions including University of Denver, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and Metro State University of Denver. He currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado