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The Long Story series - David Balluff

I started the Long Story I painting series in 2004 as an exploration of fractured narratives and visual storytelling inspired in part by the cut-up techniques of William S. Burroughs and the writing style of Gertrude Stein.

Comprised of cartoonish oil paintings on five inch wood squares, Long Story I grew to more than 60 images, and is now in a private collection. Long Story II, painted in 2016-2017, is comprised of 60 squares, and is the last Long Story series at this size.

As the number of squares in Long Story grew, I began thinking of the individual panels in terms of grammatical structure - nouns, verbs, etc. Some of the squares are deliberately ambient, giving the viewer's eye a place to rest when viewing the entire series.

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David Balluff is an Iowa based artist and designer. His attention to mass media gives him the ability to graft his own narratives onto familiar plot lines and archetypes as a form of playful counter-point to assumed notions of identity, gender, context and memory. He holds an MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.