Paul Druecke lives in Milwaukee Wisconsin. A co-authored discussion of his work will be included in the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Public Art and he'll be in residence at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin in 2014.
For his projects, Paul Druecke has solicited strangers door to door, christened a park and courtyard, rolled out the red carpet, been a benefactor, initiated a Board of Directors, and memorialized the act of memorialization. His residency at Spaces World Art Program in Cleveland Ohio as well as his Mary L. Nohl Fellowship, resulted in permanent, public installations of bronze plaques that commemorate their own legitimacy.
Druecke has worked with the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; The Suburban, Chicago; Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Green Gallery, Milwaukee; Many Mini Residency, Berlin; and the Contemporary Art Museum Houston among other venues. His work has been featured in Camera Austria and InterReview, and written about in Artforum, Art in American, Artnet.com, and Metropolis.com.
Lori Waxman reviews Paul Druecke
60 WRD/MIN Art Critic
For the past two decades or so, Paul Druecke has concerned himself with resuscitating the kinds of public spaces that are easily neglected. So it seems only natural that about three years ago he began to work with that ultimate marker of recognition: the historic plaque. But Druecke has never been interested in the kind of rewriting that reconstructionist historians, activists and artists have been practicing since the 1970s. His perspective is far weirder and the results both more poetic and deconstructive, revealing not specific stories so much as the language, funding structures, application processes, and material cues of the form itself. To wit, he has installed a pair of self-serving bronze plaques, one bearing his name and the other the funders who sponsored the plaques; a blank aluminum plaque of the kind commonly found in Wisconsin, acting as stand-in for lost histories; and a bronze plate outside this very building, a collaboration with the poet Donna Stonecipher (yes, her real name) titled “Near Here,” which strings together the recognizable vocabulary of markers into something shifty yet familiar, imprecise yet evocative. It could, of course, be mounted anywhere.Exhibitions:The Brightest Stars Shine But BrieflyIf One Obeys InstinctPublications (available from Green Gallery Press):The Last Days of John Budgen Jr. with 2010Mediated Public Affection by Sara Fowler 2008
Poor Farm, 2012Paul Drueckepainted bronze and wood