ANDREW K. CURREY

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TROLLING GOYA.jpg

ANDREW K. CURREY

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TROLLING GOYA

GRAPHITE AND GOLD LEAF ON PAPER

37.5 IN. X 33 IN.

2015

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ANDREW K. CURREY

Los Angeles, CA

Andrew K. Currey was born in Pueblo, Colorado and received his Bachelors in Fine Arts at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and later went to Otis College of Art and Design, where he earned his Masters in Fine Arts. He was the 2014 Artist-In- Residence of Shankill Castle in Paulstown, Ireland. Andrew currently teaches drawing at the Armory Center for Art and Design in Pasadena, California. For more information and Andrew K. Currey or his work, please visit www.andrewkcurrey.com

TROLLING GOYA

GRAPHITE AND GOLD LEAF ON PAPER, 37.5 IN. X 33 IN., 2015

For the past several years, I have used images from art history to begin a discussion in my drawings about the constantly evolving Internet culture and its affects on society. I use anachronistic metaphors to discuss similarities between the contemporary and the historical, in order to highlight these ironic and tongue-in-cheek redundancies. In “Trolling Goya,” I drew upon Francisco Goya’s painting, “Witches in the Air” (c. 1797). Goya originally used this painting as a form of socio-political satire aimed at the European witch trials and the general state of hysteria and ignorance amongst the common populous of the time. I reinterpreted this piece for a contemporary mindset. Today, we have done away with witches and witch trials, but have found a new menacing antagonist lurking in the shadows with an old world name: Trolls. Internet trolls exist to cause strife and unrest –they are the digital embodiment of an online firebrand for the naïve. The asterisk is a symbol used by trolls. Placing it before a statement allows them to change, edit or reinterpret other people’s words or beliefs to fit their own agenda. By placing this asterisk repeatedly in the pattern of a digital grid, I am granting myself permission to reinterpret and edit Goya’s work. So in the end, I become Goya’s troll.