Date of Award

12-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Legacy Department

Art

Advisor

McDonald, Todd

Committee Member

Lauritis , Beth

Committee Member

Feeser , Andrea

Abstract

As far back as I can remember my family has had two primary outlets in regards to entertainment; going to museum exhibitions and attending or watching football games. My parents have been members of the High Museum in Atlanta for years while simultaneously having season tickets to Georgia Tech football. My current series of paintings, drawings, prints and videos examine the cultural significance of sports in American society; specifically American football. As a "big guy" who was raised in the south, it is often assumed that I played football at some point in my life. Admittedly, I feed this stereotype with my interest in the sport, but the reality is I did not play the sport. I have always been interested in both the arts and sports and find that blending these two interests' results in compelling art works. My research focuses on deeper investigation of American football; informed by both a deep investment in the culture of football in the south as well as the practice of art making. My work generates a dialogue between American football and the aesthetic properties of high art. I locate parallels and contradictions in both of these worlds--in doing this I pin two seemingly disparate worlds together to generate both a visual and psychological tension.

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