David Menard was born in 1967 in Boston, Massachusetts and currently lives in Rockford, Illinois. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin. He has worked as a pressman for some of the best print shops in the mid west. Menard combines printmaking techniques using hand drawn and appropriated imagery to weave a dystopian narrative that exploits popular cultural memory through appropriation and collage. Menard is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Rockford University. His work is held in public and private collections, including the New York Public Library, Hilliard University Art Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and Price Waterhouse Cooper Chicago. He is a member of the Fatherless Print Posse from Rockford, Illinois.
About the work
The large woodcut is a return to my love of classic relief printmaking. It was completed as a visiting artist at Florida State College at Jacksonville last month.
It depicts Atlas condemned to the impossible task of holding up the heavens. I see it as a meditation on fatherhood.
The smaller silk-screen and enamel panels are part of an ongoing series entitled Flavor Country. This work is a product of appropriation, collage, and exploration of the multiple following a path of absurdity, metaphor and search for meaning.
- David Menard