Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DUEL - Body of work for two-person exhibition


An anonymous aggressor, the black silhouette having no identity, it is empty and valueless. This is why they are easy to destroy and so open to accept violence.  How can I add value and preciousness to these figurative forms? And how do I break from the tradition to create something different? I wanted these nameless bodies to have an identity. It was important undermine the original intentions of the gun target.

The addition of a human, identifiable face was important to develop a relationship with an audience; to close the distance between the dark and the light. These playful portraits are funny and silly, awkward moments captured on the faces of my family. They are carnival like, as if you are playing a game at the midway. Some of the shooters are more successful than others at this game. There was also a personal struggle in utilizing individuals close to me. Do I allow others or even myself to shoot at these targets?

The portraits are bright, garish in color with corresponding gun(s) to create visual cohesion throughout the target picture plane. The “gunshot” leaves a mark/geometry on the surface, which is incorporated into the image. Sometimes these marks are random, as if from a novice shooter. In other cases, they are pattern like and clearly shot from a marksman.

The “duel” occurs visually between the gun targets because of their differences – abstraction versus definition; graphical versus painterly and anonymous versus named. They challenge the audience conceptually inside the artworks and externally due to their relationship with recent gun related tragedies (plural). You cannot leave without being influenced and marked by the experience.







Alicia Target 
Mixed media on paper
15" x 21"




Jacqueline Smile Target 
Mixed media on paper
15" x 21"






John Smirk Target 
Mixed media on paper
15" x 25"





Luly Chewing Target 
Mixed media on paper
15" x 25"





Mary Target 
Mixed media on paper
15" x 21"





Piedad Target 
Mixed media on paper
15" x 25"





Samantha Target 
Mixed media on paper
15" x 23"





Shale Target 
Mixed media on paper
15" x 21"


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dominos Up-cycle Project Statement

The creative process for these pieces was a unique experience for me. I have always worked with found objects and recycled materials, but never on such a grand scale. My goal was to use as little external materials as possible and concentrate on transforming the up-cycled materials provided by Dominos. I was given the following: pizza boxes, stickers, work shirts and wrappers for sandwiches. 
It was important to create imagery that followed my interests and was consistent with my aesthetics as an artist. This meant transforming commercial materials into my creative obsessions: butterflies, caterpillars, icons, reliquaries and the human figure. It was also important to connect these obsessions with the essence of the product and materials. I didn’t want the transformation to be so complete that the character of the Dominos items and brand were lost. This was achieved by retaining the original shape of the boxes in some of the series. The “circle” was a common thread/theme in the works. The circular image is symbolic and relatable on several levels: pizza form, Dominos logo, pepperoni (my favorite topping!). The circle is also symbolic in a bigger way, a never-ending line and infinite possibilities.
The colors, shapes, symbols and format create an overall decorative feeling. The gold and arch shape is meant to symbolize preciousness and importance. I used contrasting, bright colors in combination with the gold and black to create interest and heighten the visual experience. The works look great in shadow box format, a standard frame or on a plain pedestal.  This allows the artwork to take center stage!

Check it out...www.johnadkinsdominos.blogspot.com or the first link on the right, under "Dominos Upcycle Project."

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Funny Face Icons

Coming soon to the ARTPRIZE exhibition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The art event takes place in September. Here are some of the works going to the show!!!

If you are interested in purchasing any of the works on my blog, please contact me via email.

Thanks! John











Monday, May 13, 2013

Domino's Custom Portrait Art work

Hi all!

I have begun a series of portraits made out of pizza boxes with a self-portrait as the example!

For those interested, I will do a custom "posterized" (black & white) image of a family member, son, daughter, Mom or Dad! If you are interested let me know and I will provide more details - jalzoartist@gmail.com . Below are two images from my self-portrait. The colors and the background will be the same.

Thanks!

"Self-Portrait"
Mixed media - spray paint, cardboard, ink, glitter letters & tape
12.5 x 12.5 x 1.75 inches




"Adana"
Mixed media - spray paint, cardboard, ink, glitter letters & tape
12.5 x 12.5 x 1.75 inches


Monday, April 1, 2013

Domino's Project sketches












The "Upcycle" project: Domino's asked 10 artists from around the country to take materials with their old logo and turn it into art. The idea is to transform everyday marketing and work products (pizza boxes, shirts, signs, paper products and signage) into the personal art of the selected artists. These works will be for sale and be promoted by Domino's on their social media platforms. The images above are of the Sketches for the Domino's project, these may appear as pieces or may be amended. They will definitely inform the work as it is being constructed. More images will appear as the materials begin to be used and art is made!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Princesa





The piece is a linocut from a series of 12 that I have submitted for a traveling printmaking exhibition. So far there are two destinations, New York City and San Francisco. It is a portrait of my youngest daughter, looking doe eyed and struggling to stand. The piece is called, "Princesa."

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Beyond the edges

Viennese artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser has created an interesting piece that extends beyond the boundaries...he often includes the color palette layout on the edges of the picture plane, these practical elements are balanced and included in the overall design...they act as a decorative element and tie in nicely with the overall decorative qualities of the piece...

The central image or face, is off center and balanced by the landscape on the right hand side...asymmetry forces the viewer to reconcile the picture plane and creates interest...Hundertwasser uses intense colors schemes in flat, horizontal layers...this combination adds to the decorative nature of his work. The house forms and landscape utilizes concentric lines to create texture and interest, used all over the picture plane to unify the piece.