Ian Douglass is an artist, writer and all-around soul-based human from Chicago.
“My paintings liquify reality into abstraction in an attempt to free life from the definitions and conceptions placed upon it.
My work also focuses on nomadism. A feeling of never belonging anywhere, and therefore belonging everywhere.
This practice insists on transforming places of despair, such as a prison cell, into a studio. By constantly changing place, I am challenged to reimagine the world as an endless studio, creating work in new environments, mentally, culturally and physically.”
Collaborative Performance March 2017 Sesama Gallery • Yogyakarta, Indonesia
In this collaborative performance, I performed an improvised ballet dance, wearing a custom-made recycled plastic tutu. Paint dripped off the tutu during the performance, creating a floor-painting. This spillage was then cleaned up, eradicating the proof. The piece reflects my childhood tension of dancing ballet in the violent hyper-masculinity of Chicago. The performance embodies our complex relationships with violence, secrets, gender and our true selves.
Hallucinations from the Castle's Prison
Solo Exhibition • Castle Wil, Switzerland Summer 2015
From June through August 2015, I lived and worked in isolation in a prison cell next to the Castle Wil in a rural region of Switzerland, producing 27 paintings. This body of work is my first international solo exhibition, on view within the walls of the reverberating prison cells forever.
New York City
Parsons the New School for Design • BFA Industrial Design 2015
Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts • BA History 2015