GEOFF MCFETRIDGE

Geoff McFetridge hat sein Kunststudium am Alberta College of Art und dem California Institute of the Arts abgeschlossen. McFetridge ist ein mulidisziplinärer Künstler, der sich instinktiv von kreativen Grenzen befreit. Ob Poesie, Animation, Grafik, 3D Arbeiten, Textilien und Tapeten oder Gemälden, McFetridge verleiht seiner Kunst auf vielfältige Weise Ausdruck. Seine Arbeiten sind durch Understatement  gekennzeichnet und fordern Beteiligung durch den Betrachter. In den vergangenen zehn Jahren hat McFetridge mit seinen Werken eine einmalige Bildsprache geschaffen, welche zugleich detailliert und klar, als auch abstrakt anmutet.
McFetridge stand bereits als Student im Fokus der breiten Öffentlichkeit und hat für sein Projekt „Chinatown" Preise vom Art Directors Club und dem ID Magazine verliehen bekommen. Zudem arbeitete er zwei Jahre lang als Art Director des populären Beaties Boys Magazins „Grand Royal”. Anschließend gründete er das Design Atelier  „Champion Graphics”, das unter anderem mit Konzernen wie Nike, Pepsi, Stüssy, Burton Snowboards, Girl Skateboards und Patagonia kooperiert. Zudem produziert McFetridge Clips für Plaid, Simian und Whitest Boy Alive und hat eine Filmtitelsequenz für the Virgin Suicides und Adaption kreiert.

McFetridge (*1971 in Calgary, Kanada) lebt und arbeitet in Los Angeles.



Geoff McFetridge was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts. Instinctively ignoring creative boundaries McFetridge is a truely multidisciplinary artist, 'an all round visual auteur'. From poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over these widely divergent disciplines. Understatement is central to the impact of his work, inviting participation. It gets through the filters by offering the viewer an opportunity to play with a puzzle for a moment, a puzzle that doesn't have one simple answer. Often imitated, but never equalled. In the past ten years, McFetridge has created in his work and in his commissions a unique imagery, which is detailed and abstract at the same time. Full of hands and teeth, objects and animals, hands and heads.
McFetridge won public acclaim when he was still a student winning awards from the Art Directors Club and ID magazine for his thesis project „Chinatown". For two years, he was art director of the famous underground Beastie Boys magazine Grand Royal. Since then he has started the design studio Champion Graphics which has done pojects for numerous clients ranging from Nike, Pepsi, Stüssy, Burton Snowboards, Girl Skateboards and Patagonia. He made clips for Plaid, Simian, and recently also for The Whitest Boy Alive, and he created film title sequences for The Virgin Suicides and Adaptation.

McFetridge  (*1971 in Calgary, Canada) lives and works in Los Angeles.




SELECTED EXHIBITIONS


2013


POTSE 68., Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin


2012

The Original Awesome Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA

Around Us and Between Us, Ivory & Black SOHO, London

Floating Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto


2011

Use as a Logo, V1 Gallery Copenhagen, Denmark

My Head Disappears When my Hands are Thinking, Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles, CA


2010


The Westest Half Gallery, New York, NY

You Can’t Put a Hat on a Hole in the Sky, Goethe-Institut, New York, NY


2008


Bury Me In The Sand Mollusk, San Francisco, CA

In The Mind, Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park Pavillion, Seattle, WA


2007

Bend the Void MU, Eindhoven, Netherlands