Alexander Sutphen was born (1987) and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a BA in History and BFA in Art Education with a focus on sculpture. He has taught art for Chicago Public Schools for six years and currently teaches at Lindblom Math & Science Academy, where he is also the creator and teacher-director of Tres Gallery, a student-run gallery and performance space. Alex’s personal work takes many forms but has recently focused on drawing and painting as explorations of chance, process, and looking.
Alexander Sutphen • Curse of the Billy Goat, Linocut
I am not a Cubs fan, but I was raised by a Cubs fan. As a kid I was told of the “Curse of the Billy Goat” — the legend that a man was kicked out of Wrigley Field for bringing his pet goat to a game, and in retaliation he cursed the Cubs so that they would never win another World Series. In my childhood home, the billy goat represented futility in all its forms, the hope to overcome that demonic presence that binds you and your eternal failure in that struggle. That eternal struggle ended this year (2016), and thus the curse has been broken.
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