Artist Statement
I predominantly embrace the realm of 2-D art. My exploration delves into the fundamental flatness inherent in traditional photography, in some works seeking to transcend its conventional boundaries through innovative materials and presentations. Utilizing a camera and the techniques of photography, I endeavor to unveil the hidden within the frame, exposing what exists yet remain unseen, to characterize a simple figure and the articulation and beauty of a line’s interaction with form in time.
While I welcome the occasional serendipitous discovery, my artistic clarity thrives on repetition and adherence to the inherent rules governing each piece or series. Subtle nuances emerge in the interplay of form, light and time giving rise to intricate compositions where disparate elements coalesce into harmonious wholes. My objective is to craft art that is both approachable and visually captivating, acknowledging that, at its essence, it begins as a simple rectangle—an idea and some time. I invite viewers to discern the subtleties of form and line within each work or series, empowering them to derive their own conclusions and interpretations.
About John
Throughout John’s work he searches for balance and the simple beauty of line and form in time. Simple, clean and formal, some pieces incorporate a repetition of form and time in subtle ways for the viewer to find. Other works include a free association of and to our found and abundant cultural image. John calls back to his background in photographic studio techniques and aesthetics to push his image making process to thoughtful and vibrant results in both traditional photographic print processes and pigment prints of various scale.
Originally from Seattle, John studied Photographic Arts and Art History at Salzburg College, Austria and received a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. In 1991 he began a career in photography in New York, eventually making his way west continuing his career in Chicago and San Francisco. He now lives again in Seattle with his wife and kids.
Rochester Institute of Technology, BFA 1991
Salzburg College, 1989-90
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