“Timon of Athens is a corrupted text of indeterminate history, questionable sources, and a dubious relationship to the respected canon. That is to say, it mirrors my own position in the art world perfectly. The asymmetry between Shakespeare’s reputation and my own will likely remain intact. But there will come a time when Timon of Athens will be known as mine instead of his.”
Atlanta artist Craig Drennen (b. 1966 in WV) is MOCA GA’s 2016 Working Artist Project (WAP) recipient. He earned two M.F.A.s from Ohio University for 20th Century Art History (1991) and Painting (1990). He recieved his B.A. (1988) in Interdisciplinary Studies (Art/English) from Glenville State College.
Drennen’s solo exhibitions include California BANDIT at Los Angeles Valley College (2019 Los Angeles, CA), Love Thee, Use Thee, Unrequited Leisure (2019 Nashville, TN), New Mistress vs. Old Athenians at Brooklyn Fireproof (2015 Brooklyn, NY), and Poet & Awful at Samsøn (Boston, MA), among others. Drennen has also been showcased at numerous group exhibitions internationally. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times. He has taught at Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA) since 2009, as well as served as dean of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Skowhegan, ME). Since 2008 he has organized his studio practice around Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens.
Individual works in the MOCA GA Permanent Collection:
- Gray Bandit (HO HO), 2017