NEW WORKS BY STAN SQUIREWELL
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Stan Squirewell is a painter, photographer, installation and performance artist. Born and raised in Washington, DC he currently lives and works in Louisville, KY.
Squirewell’s work examines who curates and controls the narratives that become accepted as history. From what perspective is history written? Whose stories are told, and whose are neglected? His own family history provided an impetus for this line of inquiry after he learned in his 20s that his ancestry was not what he had been told but included indigenous roots. Looking back at census and enlistment records, it became apparent how racial, cultural and ancestral roots become blurred or even erased, sometimes by accident and sometimes on purpose.
“Marginalized communities are often overlooked and omitted from history in general. The history I was taught did not have my ancestry represented. As a child of the hip hop era, born in the 70s, growing up in the 80s and 90s, I look at my work as almost remixing, crate digging, but my crates are museums, private collections and historical narratives. I remix my pieces according to my own way of writing history. The main thing I want the viewer to take away is to question what you think you know, what you’ve been told and what you believe.”
Squirewell’s artistic training began at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Since graduating he has continued his tutelage under many of DC’s legends including artists Michael Platt and Lou Stovall. He is a (2007 MFA) graduate of the Hoffberger School of Painting where he studied with the late, Grace Hartigan. Mr. Squirewell is the first winner of the Rush Philanthropic and Bombay Sapphire Artisan series. He has performed with Nick Cave (SoundSuits) at the National Portrait Gallery and Jefferson Pinder with G-Fine Arts. He is privately and publicly collected, his works are in the Reginald Lewis Museum, the Robert Steele Collection and the Smithsonian African American Museum, among others.
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