September brings two heavy hitters of the art world to the friendly confines of Vishnu Bunny/Third Eye Gallery. INTUITS brings University of South Dakota Alumni Rick Johns and Derek Meier. These fantastic artists share a similar vision in their work, though in different approaches and ethos. More info to come, please save the date. Music shall be provided by local monster DJS Infinite Revolutions, first beer free, hot dogs and hugs as well.
Take care, be safe, shop/look/listen/buy local.
After spending a 12 year hiatus from painting and the Art world, Rick Johns resumed painting in the fall of 2010. During that period much of his “free” time was spent designing and building boats. It brought together his woodworking skills and his design sensibilities to create functional forms that innately possessed and elicited a strong sense of beauty. That distance from the Art world has allowed him to shed theory and academia and create work that is grounded, personal and honest. A painting is a result of a process, not unlike anything made from raw materials, and is complete when a similar sense of beauty or “rightness” is felt.
He lives in Vermillion SD where he is a craftsman who still designs and builds a multitude of projects from custom remodeling to site specific woodworking projects to a straw bale house. This aspect of his life has had the greatest influence on his recent painting. It is from the countless marks, notes and sketches involved in a building project to the uncovering and discovery of beauty in something that is being dismantled that is most directly inspiring his work. These remnants possess value because they have a genuine freshness and honesty. His paintings, as a result, aim to possess similar qualities and elicit an intrinsic sense of wholeness.
My work focuses on material exchange, immediacy, aesthetic dialogue and invented territories.
Every image, whether objective or nonobjective, is founded on deconstructed historical, cultural, and religious paradigms. These smashed realities are then reformed into a singular home. Each painting, drawing, and analog collage is a further examination of this elseworld and its physical and cultural constructs. I further maneuver these spaces with derelict icons, mixed media elements and soft narration as these languages consolidate.
Negotiating the terms of this reality allow me to do the same within my own.
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