My work deconstructs how notions of identity are built up around manufactured ideas of beauty, fantasy, ritual and desire.
Working in collage, my primary material is contemporary fashion magazines and I tend to approach them as an anthropological document. Any “excavation” starts by cutting, removing and categorizing of imagery; beginning my exploration of how identity is promoted in material culture by exploiting the very material that supports that particular narrative.
My collages integrate masculine and feminine bodies culled from advertising that are alluring and also idealized props. They are further abstracted, reconfigured made intentionally ambiguous–heightening a tension between familiar and unrecognizable forms, creating a sense of mystery. I’m breaking apart manufactured ideas that exist as prepackaged guises and superficial masks.
The newest series display a fastidious reassembling of smaller, various elements into pulsating, complex amalgamations; floating on black grounds of darkness, they reference a kind of patchwork identity as well as re-branding of self, emerging out of a void.
Paul Loughney received his masters of fine arts degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and his certificate in Printmaking from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
He has participated in solo and group shows at Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; St. John’s University Manhattan Gallery, New York; La Lutta Project Space, Brooklyn, New York; Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond; Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California; Kunsthochschule für Medien, Cologne, Germany; Subspace Gallery, Berlin, Germany. His work can be found in the permanent collection of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum and the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Paul Loughney currently works in Brooklyn, New York.