Jon Duff (b. 1986, Oconomowoc, WI) received his MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2012, and his BFA from the University of Minnesota in 2008. He is a 2011 alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and he attended the Triangle Artists’ Workshop in 2012. After graduating from MICA, Duff was a finalist for the Janet and Walter Sondheim Award in 2012. He has exhibited his work throughout the USA and has been featured in publications in both the USA and UK. His work was published in New American Paintings in 2013 and will be featured in the upcoming book, Tomorrow’s Talent, published by Booooooom.com. Duff is currently employed as the Exhibitions and Art Collection Curator at Adelphi University in New York while he also pursues independent curatorial projects.
My work belongs in a combined genre of science fiction and comedy, and reflects our present condition of both overabundance and disorder. I poke fun at the human experience through sculpture, painting and digital prints which express a disorderliness that is both humorous and apocalyptic. I am drawing absurd comparisons between our biological drives and contemporary culture. I am communicating a humorous cynicism of our anthropocentric perspective. I am using the abilities I have as a crazy ape in a disordered world to act out and make discoveries.