Paul Druecke

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Paul Druecke (born 1964, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American artist best known for his project, A Social Event Archive (1997–2007). David Robbins describes the Archive as “a People’s Photography,” saying the pictures reveal “the theatricalizing influence of cameras upon the human community.” “... Paul Druecke is fascinated by the collective mind. The platform he’s invented employs both pictorial and structural means to present it.”[1]


Druecke's projects continue a tradition of art attuned to context, vernacular materials, and the intersection of art and life. His project incorporate a variety of mediums and formats. Snapshot photos, the moment of waking, public space, refrigerator magnets, pop-culture spectacle, and public gestures are subject and object, vehicle and result. His projects often invite participation. Writing on the project, A Public Space, Stephanie Barber says, “Druecke's use of strangers and their perspectives in the creation of what is essentially a portrait is neither a collaboration nor could it be clearly be said to have been created by Druecke ... . It is a portrait of portraiture and portrait of interconnectivity and influence.[2] Dan S. Wang writes, “Because (Druecke’s) project combines the two—specters of possibilities and pleasure—in a single gesture, it further erodes the gulf separating public and private.”[3]

Exhibitions and events include: The Cool White Cube, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles [4] (including a Conversation with Sara Daleiden recorded for USC Student Resource Archive), The Brightest Stars Shine But Briefly, Dark Fair, Koelnischer Kunstverein, Cologne Germany, and Transmodern Festival,[5] The Last Days of John Budgen Jr., Many-Mini Residency, Berlin Germany, A Public Space (exhibited at Project Row Houses, Houston, and in conjunction with the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and Open Engagement, Portland, OR), The Lone Blogger, Indianapolis Museum of Art,[6] Guide, (in conjunction with In:Site), Milwaukee, WI, Theater, The Suburban, Chicago, IL, and A Social Event Archive (multiple venues, including a Ten Year Anniversary exhibition at Aurora Picture Show, Houston TX).

Druecke's work has been featured in Camera Austria, InterReview, and Art Forum's Top Ten List. It has been written about in Art in America, Art On Paper,, Artlies,,[7] and New Art Examiner.

The Last Days of John Budgen Jr. has been published by Publishing Genius.[8] Essays have been published by,[9] InterReview,[10] and New Art Examiner.


  1. ^ David Robbins, Party Platform, Camera Austria
  2. ^ Stephanie Barber, A Public Space: Hopkins Plaza
  3. ^ Dan S. Wang, Notes On a Public Space
  4. ^ Outpost for Contemporary Art
  5. ^ Event Video [1] Baltimore, Md,
  6. ^ On Procession Online Catalog
  7. ^ Amanda Douberly, A Snapshot
  8. ^ Publishing Genius #17, Publishing
  9. ^ The Future of Giants Past
  10. ^ It's My Public Space

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