Jeremy is exhibiting a series of etchings produced
during this fellowship that directly reproduce, alter and
layer fragments of the Joint Chief of Staff's diagram,
"Afghanistan Stability/COIN Dynamics.” The work is a
critique of the current military and diplomatic strategy
of the U.S. in Afghanistan while examining the futility
of diagramming the chaos of war. The process
involves printing each section from a single plate as
information is built up and then scraped away. Jeremy
pulls prints along the away as text and image
materialize, linger, and disappear. This technique
helps provide viewers the opportunity to consider and
question how history and policy is constructed.
For this exhibition, Austen is presenting a selection of
drawings and paintings that he has produced in the
past year in Iowa City. While he investigates the
notion of “boundaries” in paintings that often appear
colorful and expressive, his drawings refer more
openly to their photographic or cinematographic
sources. Made of carefully layered ink washes, the
drawings convey a more introspective mood, in
which architectural elements play a prominent role.
A catalog with 16 pages documenting the works by Lundquist and Austen will be published in May.
Hartmut Austen is a painter and educator currently based in the Boston area.