untitled film still paintings
if I died in a combat zone

tour of duty

karen
soda man
my father asks what's going on?





My father served a two-year stint as a U.S. Marine and survived a thirteen-month combat tour of Vietnam from June 1968 to July 1969. Tour of Duty is a long-term drawing project in which I made a drawing of the same image——the first photograph taken of my father in Vietnam——everyday for the same number of days my father served in Vietnam, culminating in 395 drawings.

By drawing from this one image for the duration of my father's time at war, I hoped to develop not only a multilayered, intersubjective relationship to my father as a young man thrust into war, and to the image itself, to the image a such, but also a new and hightened awareness, if not understanding, of time as such. Time as a universal equivelant, and in this sense, a conduit through which I could share at least one aspect of my father's lived experience of war.

I've yet to exhibit all 395 completed drawings. Due to the size and cost to frame each drawing I've had to consider alternative solutions to traditional drawing exhibitions. In the meantime, I'm slowly developing the drawings into a book.




Curt Bozif
My father somewhere near Da Nang, Vietnam,
Summer of 1968


Curt Bozif
Tour of Duty, drawing No. 395, 2008-2009, graphite on paper, 9' x 9'

Curt Bozif
Tour of Duty, drawing No. 351, 2008-2009, graphite on paper, 9' x 9'

Curt Bozif
Tour of Duty, drawing No. 158, 2008-2009, graphite on paper, 9' x 9'

Curt Bozif
Tour of Duty, drawing No. 150, 2008-2009, graphite on paper, 9' x 9'

Curt Bozif
Tour of Duty, drawing No. 32, 2008-2009, graphite on paper, 9' x 9'

Curt Bozif
Tour of Duty, drawing No. 1, 2008-2009, graphite on paper, 9' x 9'