Children draw to express their feelings and fantasies. Parents save these scraps of paper and wild scrawls of crayon, sticking them on the fridge and in boxes for posterity. They are fragile records of innocence and gold stars. Michael Scoggins appropriates such juvenile stick figures and bubble letters, filtering them through a deadpan adult perspective. His large-scale drawings merge the political and the most personal, sacred stage of life: childhood.
Yet, this isn’t just anyone’s childhood. Scoggins’ drawings are monumental fragments of his own pre-pubescent vernacular. The viewer gets to experience the hand of grade-school Michael S. and the politically observant mind of adult artist Michael Scoggins. In this crumpled combination of past and present, history, current events, and pop culture come off the refrigerator and into the gallery.
Scoggins is represented by Galerie Ernst Hilger in Vienna, Diana Lowenstein in Miami, Adler & Co. in San Francisco, Saltworks in Atlanta, and Freight + Volume in New York.