Andrew Graham is a New York City based artist whose work deals with media images of the players involved in political and social conflicts, upheavals, and scandals. This will be his first solo show. The works presented derive from the artist's experience of being hired as an "art handler" by the AIG corporation to destroy framed imagery of its headquarters, holdings, and leaders after the 2008 financial crisis. The title Visitor refers to the visitor security pass issued to Mr. Graham by AIG during his brief work experience there. On view will be "portraits" of the heads of AIG (as well as other players/villains in the financial crisis), and "landscapes" of AIG's skyscraper headquarters based on the destroyed material, all rendered in Graham's signature digitally processed painting style.
Win Wilder Hall will be the first gallery to present Grahams new body of work concerning the financial crisis. Andrew was born in Boston and earned a BFA from the Cooper Union. Much of Grahams previous work directly concerned the Topeka, Kansas-based ultra right-wing anti-gay group calling themselves Westborough Baptist Church. These works, under the group title W.B.C. were included in Bruce High Quality Foundations Brucennial in 2010 and 2012 and have been shown widely in New York City galleries. Grahams work has been discussed in the New York Times by eminent critic Holland Cotter and included in the essay Progress As Regression by leading artist Paul Chan. For more information, please go to andrewgrahamstudio.com.