Evan Paul English
Acrylic and grommets on canvas
30 x 48 inches
Broken Surface is currently in the “HOME BODY” exhibition on view August - September 2018 at the Shortcut Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona. "In thinking about the comparisons of tattooing on skin and mark-making on canvas, I referenced a vintage embroidery design to hammer holes into this found canvas. The drips are a common motif in my paintings. I’m interested in the ways a body can be expressed through different materials and colors, through evidence of process and performance. In attempt to subvert certain gender stereotypes, my work is almost always a hybrid decorative art and utilitarian object, thinking about how certain processes (ie embroiderying vs hammering) are gendered in our culture. This is an example of many that I explore in my work."
Evan Paul English is an interdisciplinary artist currently practicing in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from University of Arizona and later earned his MFA from Pratt Institute in 2016. Evan's work uses a wide range of media to explore facets of 21st century queer identity within the vocabulary of Americana nostalgia and craft. His work is rooted in his childhood, growing up in suburban Idaho. Evan is interested in the ways in which culture shapes our self-understanding through materials and objects, often utilizing decorative arts to subvert stereotypes and ask deeper questions about our own gender narratives.