Paintallica is a collaboration of artists who create improvised, site-conditioned installations incorporating drawing, painting, sculpture and more. The group’s project will culminate at the opening reception of their exhibition, Worst Show Yet, on April 7th during First Friday.
Paintallica’s installations emerge from a few days and nights of immense work, field research, discussion and play, and usually involve chainsaws, wood in many forms, drawing, paint, fire, a wide range of motor vehicles and occasionally neon. Their imagery and tools are remnants of the working-class, rural American roots of most of the members. Recent installations include Sensitivity Training and Double Vision Quest, which showcased intentionally confrontational and impulsive work. The raw and uncensored nature of Paintallica is integral to the mission of addressing sensitive, immediate and often taboo issues.
Paintallica was formed in 2002 by a group of painters in the graduate program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. At first it was simply a pact to visit each other’s studios regularly, but soon evolved into opportunities to collectively fill gallery spaces. Paintallica’s members have exhibited extensively nationally and internationally and have storied individual biographies that include articles in The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine and ArtForum, censure from President Barack Obama, tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, professorships at universities, internationally published graphic novels, time spent in jail, founding of the Free Art School, an album cover for Lambchop, involvement in The Veterans Book Project and Combat Paper Project, as well as numerous shows in Berlin, New York, London, Portland and Los Angeles.
Paintallica includes, but is not limited to; Dan Attoe, Jamie Boling, Jesse Albrecht, Jeremy Tinder, David Dunlap, Jay Schmidt, Shelby Davis, Dalton Brink, Gordon Barnes, Bill Donavan, Posie Currin, Greta Songe, Josh Wilichowski, Jeff Anderson, Josh Black, Bruce Tapola, Ralf Pugay, Lori Gilbert, Bruce Conkle, Josh Anderson, Brandon Buckner, Chris Miller and Ryan “Boomer” Boomhower.