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Lost Earring

Lost Earring (2017) explores how our cultural touchstones shift over time while considering the evolution of his own queer sexuality and transgender body. Found materials and cast plaster sculptures of familiar plumbing implements revolve around a projection of an isolated clip from the 1996 movie Bound by the film-making duo the Wachowski siblings. As two disembodied hands endlessly tighten and untighten the hidden plumbing of a bathroom sink, this charged and repeated gesture questions the role of function and aspiration in relation to the queered body.

Original Plumbing and The Alchemical Body

Original Plumbing and the Alchemical Body (2017) Situated in an old Pfizer drug compounding plant in Brooklyn, NY, Original Plumbing and The Alchemical Body takes on what it means to undergo medical steps to physically alter one's body. Here Doughtie explores what is a transgender object and how can it function in a space with a history that has led to his own medical transition. Installation view Ikea table, Unique cast plaster objects, copper couplings, latex tubing, ink, plastic pipe, paper clay 2017

Moon Dwellers

Moon Dwellers (2017) Inspired by ideas in space exploration and science fiction, Moon Dwellers imagines a “what if” scenario of the Moon as a potential new domestic space. Extraterrestrial landscape drawings, domestic still-life sculptures, endlessly punctured photographs, and collage that blend all of the above populate the Williams Art Gallery at Mount St. Mary's University. This fictional world created by Doughtie obscures the binaries of internal and external, topographical and psychological, quotidian and strange.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

EMERGENCY CONTACTS Installation detail- Wooden shelf, foam, paper clay, ink, string, ink on vellum 2016

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About Elliot

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

Touching on alchemy, science fiction, the quotidian and the strange, Elliot Doughtie’s current practice utilizes drawing, collage, sculpture, and installation in the service of generating new experiences that transcend existing boundaries or functions. Cosmic landscapes and bathroom plumbing are used as metaphors for the body in transition in his explorations of the fluidity of gender and sexuality. Often combining found imagery and objects with abstraction or obfuscation, Doughtie’s... more

Lost Earring

In his multi-media installation, Lost Earring, Elliot Doughtie explores how our cultural touchstones shift over time while considering the evolution of his own queer sexuality and transgender body. Found materials and cast plaster sculptures of familiar plumbing implements revolve around a projection of an isolated clip from the 1996 movie Bound by the film-making duo the Wachowski siblings -- pruriently discovered by Doughtie as a teenager in search of his own identity. As two disembodied hands endlessly tighten and untighten the hidden plumbing of a bathroom sink, this charged and repeated gesture questions the role of function and aspiration in relation to the queered body. Through the use of light, objects, and moving imagery, Lost Earring re-imagines the commonplace setting of a bathroom in a queer and trans context -- where bodies and minds are often flooded with emotions from terror to desire. Project Space, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD
  • Lost Earring

    Lost Earring (2017) explores how our cultural touchstones shift over time while considering the evolution of his own queer sexuality and transgender body. Found materials and cast plaster sculptures of familiar plumbing implements revolve around a projection of an isolated clip from the 1996 movie Bound by the film-making duo the Wachowski siblings. As two disembodied hands endlessly tighten and untighten the hidden plumbing of a bathroom sink, this charged and repeated gesture questions the role of function and aspiration in relation to the queered body.
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    Installation view- Blue LED light bulbs, looped projection, found bathroom stall, cast plaster objects, found ceramic soap dishs, glass vials, ink, cottonseed oil, testosterone 2017
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    Found bathroom partition, copper pipe and couplings, cast plaster objects 2017
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    detail - Found bathroom partition, copper pipe and couplings, cast plaster objects 2017
  • Lost Earring

    Installation detail- Blue LED light bulbs, Found bathroom stall, cast plaster objects, glass vials, cottonseed oil, testosterone 2017
  • Lost Earring

    detail - Copper, glass, cottonseed oil, testosterone 2017
  • Lost Earring

    Installation view- Blue LED light bulbs, looped projection, cast plaster objects, copper pipe and couplings, found ceramic soap dishs, glass vials, ink, cottonseed oil, testosterone 2017
  • Lost Earring

    Copper coupling, glass vial, cottonseed oil, testosterone 2017
  • Lost Earring

    Cast plaster object, copper pipe and coupling, glass vial, cottonseed oil, testosterone 2017
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    Looped scene from the Wachowski siblings's 1996 film Bound. To be projected in conjunction with Lost Earring.

Original Plumbing and The Alchemical Body

Installation created for Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re: curated by Erin Davis and Max E. Lee for Re:ArtShow, Brooklyn, NY. Situated in an old Pfizer drug compounding plant in Brooklyn, NY, Original Plumbing and The Alchemical Body takes on what it means to undergo medical steps to physically alter one's body. Here Doughtie explores what is a transgender object and how can it function in a space with a history that has led to his own medical transition.

Re:ArtShow, Brooklyn, NY

Moon Dwellers

Inspired by ideas in space exploration and science fiction, Moon Dwellers by Elliot Doughtie imagines a “what if” scenario of the Moon as a potential new domestic space. Extraterrestrial landscape drawings, domestic still-life sculptures, endlessly punctured photographs, and collage that blend all of the above populate the Williams Art Gallery from November 2 through December 8, 2017.
This fictional world created by Doughtie obscures the binaries of internal and external, topographical and psychological, quotidian and strange. Here, boundaries are challenges that need transforming, as we must literally construct the worlds in which we exist and not be subject to those we are given.

Williams Gallery, Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD

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    Title plaque
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    Installation view
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    Installation view
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    Installation view
  • Moon Dwellers

    Moon Dwellers (2017) Inspired by ideas in space exploration and science fiction, Moon Dwellers imagines a “what if” scenario of the Moon as a potential new domestic space. Extraterrestrial landscape drawings, domestic still-life sculptures, endlessly punctured photographs, and collage that blend all of the above populate the Williams Art Gallery at Mount St. Mary's University. This fictional world created by Doughtie obscures the binaries of internal and external, topographical and psychological, quotidian and strange.
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    Moon Dwellers Installation view Graphite on paper drawings, Punctured InkJet Prints, Punctured Arches paper drawings, Ink/Copper/Plastic/Glass sculptures
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    Puncture InkJet Print collage
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    Punctured InkJet Print drawing, Painted plastic sheeting, Plaster/Copper sculptures
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    Punctured inkJet prints 2017

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

EMERGENCY CONTACTS is a fully immersive installation of two distinct artists: Elliot Doughtie and Phaan Howng. Doughtie’s monochrome geological prints and casted forms are a stark contrast to Howng’s pulsating, alien, wood-patterned paintings and entities, stressed by the installation’s complete encapsulation of the space. While EMERGENCY CONTACTS explores the different processes and aesthetics of the two, it also celebrates the adjoining ideas and friendship Doughtie and Howng share. Their side by-side installation offers participants an opportunity to vacillate dramatically between two opposing spaces, to immerse themselves in contrasting environments, and layer two different ideas of a dystopian future.

Curated by Lydia Pettit for Alt Esc’s NO VACANCY 2, Brooklyn, NY 2017

Relics of the Disciples of Geography

Relics of The Disciples of Geography is a multi-part series of small works that use collected fragments placed together to create small vignettes of exploration of materials and the world both interior and exterior.

Point Omega

Title was taken from Don DeLillo's 2010 novel of the same name. The installation imagines a nowhere space described within the novel where one is trapped between inside and outside boundaries both real and within your own mind. All images and drawings were created after remembering a recent trip to several caves on the border of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. Rather than dictate literal translation of landscape, the installation doubts one's orientation in place, time, and memory.

Young Blood 2015, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

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