Manager of Education and Interpretation, Krasl Art Center
in Benton Harbor
Nathan Margoni is an artist/illustrator/educator living and working in Benton Harbor, MI. He has worked as the Manager of Education and Interpretation at the Krasl Art Center since 2014.
From Grotesque to Picturesque (But Actually It's All the Same)
BY NATHAN MARGONI
@ VOL 6
ON SEP 16, 2016
"These paintings are picturesque, balanced, colorful and fun on the surface but underneath, there's something ugly and violent going on."
In From Grotesque to Picturesque (But Actually It's All the Same) at PechaKucha Night St. Joseph Vol. 6, Nathan Margoni presents his unsettlingly monstrous artworks and their gradual progress from grotesque to picturesque. Although his newest works are more pleasant on the surface, they aren't what they seem....
Nathan is an artist who never thought he'd wind up back in his hometown of St. Joseph, MI, but that is exactly where he is, and the worst part is that he kind of likes it. After receiving his BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his MFA in sculpture from SUNY Purchase College, Nathan slogged it out in New York for a while before returning home to live with his sister for a “couple of months.” “A couple of months” turned out to be 3 years, but he did eventually get a real job at the Krasl Art Center and move out. Through all of this, Nathan has continued to make and exhibit his paintings and sculptures, which are often inspired by the town he grew up and still lives in today.