How My West Was Won by Glenn Downing
January 4 – February 20, 2019
RECEPTION: Friday, January 4, 2019
How My West Was Won is an exhibition that would be primarily large drawings that I have done over the years that have to do with my ideas about growing up in Texas and the west. These drawings show my love of western movies and television plus my love for country music and all the icons that go along with them.
I was born and raised in a rural area outside of Waco, Texas. I have taught at McLennan Community College for 18 years. I have a BFA from UT. and a MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. My background is in sculpture and drawing. I have lived in Austin, Los Angeles, and New York City. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in the island nation of Tuvalu. I worked for 15 years for the video artists, Nam June Paik and Shigeko Kubota. I make art and ride mountain bikes.
Even though I have traveled all over the world I have returned to Waco and live close to where I was bought up. My father was a farmer who started a street paving business so I began my life doing all sorts of manual labor. I worked alongside men with little or no formal education; men who grew up using their hands and got where they were in life by just working themselves to death. These men were a little bit crazy; they approached life on their own terms. They were individuals; not always correct in their talk or their manners but willing to get the job done and get on with life. As I got older I became one of those men.