Origin Stories is a culmination of several suites of artwork that creates an ambigious narrative, setting a stage that can provide a large question mark (or ellipsis) for the viewer to bring their own personal affects into each piece.
Spencer Dormitzer considers himself a broken storyteller, using abstract and inanimate forms to ambiguously unite with a title. This connection results to form an abstruse conversation between artist, theartwork and the audience.
Some pieces have come to evolve where the title may enter the work, supplying another, more blatant narrative to confuse or help a person looking at the drawing.
Dormitzer explains, “Conceptualization of my work mostly comes from an instinctive, trusted place. The true endeavor is carrying out the idea. Scribbling seems easy; a natural, even simple form of artistic gesture. To carry out an idea through a mere scribble can bring about a strange, and often difficult process, where many emotions rise and fall throughout the process.”
About the Artist:
Spencer Dormitzer attended the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 1986 and has been a working artist for over 25 years. Spencer has also worked as studio manager for New York abstractionist David Reed and as an executive producer for the New York Cosmos.
Spencer has had over 50 solo and group shows in his career, from such places as Chicago Illinois, Antwerp Belgium, Santa Fe New Mexico and New York City. He also belongs in over 100 private and museum collections. Spencer’s work has been featured in the New Art Examiner, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Enquirer, Chicago Reader and New City Chicago Magazine.
Currently, Spencer Dormitzer is director of Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, located on U Street NW and lives in Capitol Hill with his wife and 2 sons.