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April 8, 2004

Artist David Humphrey Will Present Slide-Lecture At UI April 22

Artist David Humphrey will present a slide lecture of his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Humphrey's lecture, which is presented by the printing and drawing area of the UI School of Art and Art History, will be free and open to the public.

Humphrey has long been interested in the intersection of desire and consumerism in middle-class America. At times both humorous and disturbing, his work employs vernacular imagery drawn from the ephemera of American consumer culture. His canvases are populated with images of kittens, poodles, flowers, vacuum cleaners, peanut butter and other objects that elicit feelings of familiarity and nostalgia.

In seeming opposition to what has been called the 'thrift store social realism' of his visual vocabulary, Humphrey also relishes the processes of painting itself, creating lush, abstract backgrounds in postcard-like landscapes. Through the composite nature of his work, Humphrey uses vernacular imagery and modernist painting as tools for pictorial experimentation.

In a similar use of vernacular material, Humphrey's sculptures consist of creatively re-assembled figurines made from inexpensive porcelain collectibles found in vintage shops.

Humphrey is represented by Brent Sikkema Gallery in New York, where he will have a solo exhibition in April. He contributed regularly to the recently defunct magazine Art Issues since 1990 and exhibited at McKee Gallery from 1984 until 2002.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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