Johnny DeFeo, "Coyote Stepping Gingerly into the Putrid Morning Light"
Wolverine Farm Fort Collins
Feb. 5 Feb. 25
Can you imagine a coyote who woke up on the wrong side of the bed? Mornings can be hard... equal parts hope and dread most days. I think the feeling transcends species lines. Sometimes the sun, no matter how warm and radiant, displeases to no end.
Johnny DeFeo, lives and works in Taos, New Mexico. He earned his MFA in painting from CU Boulder in 2017. During his graduate studies he exhibited in national juried MFA exhibitions in New York and Chicago, and organized exhibitions and collaborative curatorial projects with artists and curators in Boulder and Denver. In the last three years he has exhibited works nationally and internationally. DeFeo creates artworks, textiles, and tufted yarn wall hangings, all of which belong to the concept of souvenir, attempting to capture the experiences he has in the natural world, where he feels free and most at home. He is a co-founder of Adventure Painting, a traveling artist residency organized along with painters Aaron Zulpo and Andrea Heimer. The residency takes artists out of their studios and into the landscapes of America, where they work together to pin down what makes this world so darn magical. DeFeo’s aesthetic is wild and playful, utilizing a dose of humor to transmit his earnest goal of creating objects that illuminate the connections between beauty both quintessential and manufactured. His work consists primarily of landscape scenes, most of which include animals. Often, the perspective expressed in these scenes is that of the animal, shifting the subject away from a human vantage point and revealing the mysteries of the natural world. Imagining that the creatures inhabiting America’s wilderness could be storytellers through objects and images the way that humans can, these objects portray the natural world with a tender perspective, and with mystical and legendary qualities.