Primary Projects > The Presidents (some of them) (2017)

In these drawings a nameless, unreliable narrator speculates on the humorous foibles of a number of former United States presidents and associates.

Revisions and erasure marks on the surface of each drawing function as a visual record of the narrator’s indecisive thought process in working to present each of these so-called historic anecdotes.

The texts are paired with a mix of abstract shapes and diagrammatic visuals which reference the historically male-dominated movements of modern architecture, color field painting and minimalism. These visuals appear to be reproduced with a printmaking or Xerox process. Instead, they are hand-rendered with colored pencils and crayons and function as a conceptual compliment to the texts in that they contain uncertainties with regard to the fabrication of content.

The Source of Mr. Lyndon B. Johnson’s Embarrassment
graphite, crayon, colored pencil and collage on paper
30 x 22 x 1 inches
2017
Mr. Jimmy Carter’s Inclusiveness
graphite, crayon, colored pencil and collage on paper
30 x 22 x 1 inches
2017
Mr. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Decision Matrix
graphite, crayon, colored pencil and collage on paper
30 x 22 inches
2017
Mr. Ronald Reagan’s Private Journal
graphite, crayon, colored pencil and collage on paper
30 x 22 x 1 inches
2017
Mr. Ronald Reagan’s Tour of D.C. Comedy Clubs
graphite, crayon, colored pencil and collage on paper
30 x 22 x 1 inches
2017
Mr. Abraham Lincoln’s Critique
graphite, crayon, colored pencil and collage on paper
30 x 22 x 1 inches
2017
Mr. Bill Clinton says there are no aliens.
graphite, crayon, colored pencil and collage on paper
30 x 22 x 1 inches
2017
Mr. Bill Clinton’s Questions
graphite, crayon, colored pencil and collage on paper
30 x 22 x 1 inches
2017
Mr. Richard M. Nixon’s Difficulties with Ovals
graphite, crayon, colored pencil and collage on paper
30 x 22 x 1 inches
2017
Mr. Jimmy Carter’s UFO Experience
graphite, crayon, colored pencil and collage on paper
30 x 22 x 1 inches
2017