Oklahoma City, OK
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Paul Bagley continues to make art work outside his business Design Silo.
I’ve been drawing my entire life, from bedroom walls to current sketch books. It is in the arts that I also periodically encounter wonderful and inspiring experiences. This compels me to explore the value of art and how it (emotionally, figuratively) connects with the individual or society.
Fundamentally I’m attempting to understand the origins of art, how that might reverberate within a post-modern art culture and how the two might resonate together in a relevant and timely manner. Remembrance, ritual, and paradox are common threads throughout much of my efforts. My 3D work is generally site-specific or event-specific and invites interactivity. As I continue to make art, subject matter and increasing levels of abstraction have merged into new directions.
Aside from teaching, my professional activity and achievement as an artist is historically applied art and design that started in 1990 when was hired into an art department after a career in IT. In 2006 I learned of and began to seek available grants to fund my personal but public art projects.
I’m actively seeking commissions for temporary and permanent public art and design work. My relevant experience includes a career as an Art Director, Industrial Designer, Construction Manager, Museum Art Operative, Adjunct Professor, Artisan, and commissioned site-specific Artist. Obelisk Engineering is providing my business Design Silo office space at the SLIVR building on historic Film Row in Oklahoma City.
Notable influences include working with Architect and Artist Paolo Soleri, exposure to contemporary art while working in Chicago, adventures throughout pre-capitalist China, learning about my Irish heritage as a first generation American, participating in Burning Man, and the extremities of biology and geography while living among the sky islands of the Western U.S.