The Third Hunger

I’ve been drawing a lot lately and mostly showing these new pieces on Instagram, follow me @austinfurtakcole if you’re interested in seeing more. Thought I’d share a compiled bunch of them here.

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Austin Furtak-Cole on Duccio di Buoninsegna

Painters On Paintings

tumblr_mpm7lgFOGp1rqcv5do1_1280 (1)Duccio di Buoninsegna, Rucellai Madonna, 1285, Tempera on panel, 177 x 114 inches

I was introduced to this painting in an undergraduate art history survey class and didn’t think much of it. My young self was unable to get excited about an awkward religious painting in a three by four inch reproduction in the fourth edition of a Stockstad art history book.

After college, I saw it in person for the first time. I traveled around Europe for three months with the soft goal to see, in the flesh, as many of the reproductions from that art history book as possible. I remember seeing this Duccio at the Uffizi then, but like a lot of the work I saw on that trip, I simply checked it off the list – I knew it was important, but I didn’t know how to spend time with it.

In summer 2013, I went back to…

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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser



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The Seventh Seal

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Life in gifs

I created a bunch of new gifs mostly inspired by friends from the past few years, enjoy.

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Trying my hand at gifs.

I knew my space would be limited when I moved back to Brooklyn, so I’ve had plans to start making some animated gifs. This is my first attempt. (If you want it to stop you can push the esc key, but you’ll have to refresh your browser to get it started again.)


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SONY DSCHeavy Handed came down about three weeks ago and since then my time my time has been mostly focused on packing.  I’ve decided to move back to Brooklyn, New York at the beginning of January, and although there are a lot of overwhelming feelings that come along with that I do feel excited about the decision.  The move is causing me to consolidate and deal with stuff I don’t want to deal with.  As I shuffle through the works I’ve tucked away over the past two and a half years I start to realize how much more I actually make than show. I’m not sure how I feel about that, it seems kind of necessary to create a lot and then pick the best to show. The question becomes what do I do with all this extra work? Particularly unfinished paintings or works I care less about; work I will probably never exhibit. In a moment like now, where I only want to bring the bare minimum to New York due to little space, it feels more important to weed things out and maybe roll up the larger works I did in graduate school…

Not having very much space in New York is another factor I’ve been wrestling with in my head. I won’t have a studio to start off so I’ve been thinking about how I can streamline my practice. I’ve been pondering the idea of making a new animation based on the prints I’ve been doing recently, or even simplifying that idea a step further by making gifs. A gif a day was a thought, but I’ve actually never made a gif, so I don’t know how reasonable an idea that is.

Thanks again to all the people who came out to Heavy Handed.  The show had a really positive response and feels like a good conclusion to my time at the Vermont Studio Center.  I’m attaching a couple pictures from the reception below. Also, I recently updated my website with a lot of the work from the show  Lastly, to all my friends and acquaintances living in New York I’m in the process of looking for employment.  I’m hoping to find a gig as an artist’s assistant, which is something I’ve been doing over the past year for the artist Dusty Boynton.  I’m also interested in doing some art handling and/or teaching if the opportunity arises.  If you have any leads I’d love to know. Thanks!


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