There’s basically no way to overstate the affect airbrushing had on Donahue’s job and artistic strategy: “All of my performs originate from the communal component of airbrushing,” he states. It stays a regular component of his perform. His 2018 solo show titled R.I.P. at Elephant Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee, was an airbrushed memorial to victims of gun violence from the preceding two a long time in Center Tennessee and provided airbrushed T-shirts and canvases. Just one of the items, titled Relaxation In Paradise 2, depicts a lush red and yellow sunset powering blue and crimson water and palm trees leaning on the shore. The water—red closest to the horizon turns blue closest the shore—comes to a stage as if flowing into a smaller sized system of h2o amongst the palm trees, signaling, perhaps, the commence of a journey.
Although he began by airbrushing clothes, Donahue immediately transitioned to painting and airbrushing found objects, even more entrenching his philosophy of layering and customization. “Collecting factors, acquiring factors, operating from issues that are in the vernacular, I assume I obtained that all-natural,” Donahue says. He describes looking at his grandfather improvise fixes for door latches and more safety bars for the home windows about the household. “They were being not remaining fastened to OSHA specifications, they were make-shift. When you don’t have a large amount you make do with what you have.”
It was not until finally graduate faculty at the College of Tennessee, Knoxville, that Donahue started charting new approaches to connect with others by means of artwork, this time by way of object producing. Donahue turned towards assemblage and sculpture perform and commenced incorporating vacuum forming into his method. 1 piece, titled Hubwoofers, from a 2013 installation was manufactured of vacuum-formed hubcaps with polystyrene and spray paint. These striking black packing containers, positioned one particular on prime of the other, are reminiscent of stacked subwoofers at a property celebration or club.
Though attending the College of Tennessee, from which he acquired his MFA in 2013, Donahue’s procedure was pushed forward and redefined by a studio go to from Willie Cole, the artist also recognised as “The Transformer.” Cole transforms women’s higher heel sneakers into African masks and sculptures, and Donahue internalized Cole’s suggestions “to pay attention to the spirit of objects, allow them explain to you what they want to do. They previously have a record.”