Okla-Topia: an Exhibition of Paintings from the book Transmorphing Utopia. (Not a Cult press,2017)
Los Angeles art scene is predictable as a long functioning part of the city’s culture for many years. Paul waddell was feeling stagnation in Los Angeles cycles of short periods of innovation followed by long periods of derivative work.
Paul w Waddell had heard that something was happening in OKC. It was a movement to build up the Contemporary culture,including the art. Oklahoma Contemporary’s plans to build a new and beautiful building, seemed to be a beacon of possibility that Paul could follow. He believed it was a wonderful thing to see a community making choices and building their art culture up and Paul would love to be part of something unpredictable.
Encouraged by friends who live in OKC and inspired by the new generation of Oklahomans who have traveled the world and have brought back beautiful things to their people, Waddell came to Oklahoma for a three month stay to focus on a new line of art.
Waddell has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and has performed in North America, Europe and Asia. Recent exhibitions include Town Hall (ltd, Los Angeles 2017) Transmorphing Utopia (ltd, Los Angeles, 2017) Thus Spake The Fungus (Arturo Bandini, Los Angeles 2016), Synesthesia (Five Car Garage, Santa Monica 2016), Ponding Purple Grass (Night Gallery, Los Angeles 2012); Move In Again (Honor Fraser, Los Angeles 2013), Openly Ceremonial (Know More Games, Brooklyn 2012), Moving In (Honor Fraser, Los Angeles 2012), Grand Re-opening (Human Resources, LA 2011), I like Massachusetts... (MEME Gallery, Cambridge 2010), The life of a house cat (Waterloo Centre for the Arts, Waterloo, IA 2010). Waddell was a 2015 Fellowship recipient at Lighthouse Works. He received his BA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2005), and taught at the Idyllwild Arts Academy (2008-2012) and UCLA (2015). Paul is the founder and curator of the performance series TEST (Various locations, Ongoing) and FREE CLINIC (Human Resources 2011, 2012). His first publication Transmorphing Utopia (NOT A CULT, 2017) includes writings and images from his recent works about Los Angeles . Waddell’s work has been written about in LA Weekly, Artslant, Notes on Looking, A Righteous Transfer!, Time Out Boston, The Dig, and Art Papers among others