Paul Loughney received his MFA in 2006 from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
He has participated in solo and group shows nationally and internationally including at Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY; Peter Freeman, Inc, New York, NY; Frosch & Portmann Gallery, New York, NY; La Fratirnidad, Mexico City, MX; Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, GA; Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA; Kunsthochschule fur Medien, Cologne, Germany; and Subspace Gallery in Berlin.
His work can be found in the permanent collection of Nobel Collection in Zurich; Purdue University, Indiana; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, NJ; New York Public Library; and the Brodsky Center at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
When working in collage I’m placing magazine pieces together which comes from an intuitive process. I’m attempting to make something that reconstitutes images like visual hallucinations; a kind of delirium. My typical scale is modest yet intimate and this invites the viewer for a closer glance. Knowing this ritual, I love to make work that rewards slow looking. That spatial intimacy feels connected to holding magazines. I've followed themes that have materialized over the years; erotic, psychologically charged, idealized bodies and sexualized undertones are pervasive throughout. Any narrative becomes a distorted familiarity, one where the viewer might identify fragments but is left to assemble the parts into coherency.
Terminally Optimistic #4
Collage and Marker, 2021
28.5" X 22.5"