The Long Story series - David Balluff
I started the Long Story 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 79 squares, and will be the last series at this size.
As Long Story grew in size, 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.
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.