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Richard Dupont | Passages

IFPDA SPOTLIGHT  February 15 – 18, 2024

Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY

The ink and watercolor works of Richard Dupont, drawn largely from imagination, convey landscapes that exist just outside of what is seen. This new suite of works, collectively titled Passages, brings a higher level of detail to his meditative, process-oriented approach to drawing.

Source material for these works included photographs taken by the artist as well as found photographs and images generated by text prompts with the AI image generator DALL-E. The drawing process, however, was largely automatic. Passages of ink and watercolor were built up gradually and intuitively over a period of weeks. The resulting works exist as approximations of nature, constructions of a fictive place. As such, Passages involve a movement of one state to another, and a desire to escape our increasingly screen-based experience. The act of drawing, and the slowing down of time in the process, provides the means of arriving.

About the Artist:

A pioneer in the field of digital art, Richard Dupont (b. New York, NY, 1968) received a BA from the Departments of Visual Art and Archeology at Princeton University. Dupont’s works have been exhibited at numerous museums including The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA (2016); The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (2015); The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2014); The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY (2014); The Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2013); The Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT (2011); and The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY (2008). He has presented major installations at Lever House, New York, NY (2008) and The Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY (2010). Dupont’s works are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; The Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; and The New York Public Library Print Collection, New York, NY; among many other public and private collections.

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