Abington Art Center Summer Show

I am very pleased to announce that juror Mashiul Chowdhury has selected my mixed media wall sculpture MOTHERBOARD and my raku fired paper clay and stained glass mosaic wall hanging ST. JOHN THE MOSAICIST to be part of the Abington Art Center’s 2020 Summer Juried Show. The Show will run from July 28, 2020 until August 29, 2020 at the Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Due to CDC and PA Covid 19 guidelines, the Show can be seen by appointment only. Please contact the Abington Art Center for details.

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST HAVING A VERY BAD DAY

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2020

My memory is such that I don’t recall exactly what else happened the day I printed this piece in the fall of 2019, but I do remember thinking when it came off the press: “Oh, that’s not what I wanted”, and “Well, that’s pretty much how this day has gone.” In retrospect as I practice staying at home and trying to clean and reorganize my studio, I’m starting to think that maybe that day wasn’t so bad after all. PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST HAVING A VERY BAD DAYis a dark field monotype matted and framed to 14” x 11”. (2019) ($125)

Kali’s Dream

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2020

A friend of mine is moving into a new apartment and taking his cat Kali with him. This provided me with the opportunity to give him a “house warming” gift, stay on Kali’s good side, and experiment with a somewhat different form of collage than I’ve done in the past. KALI’S DREAM, a minimalist collage using only card stock, expresses my belief that within every house cat and tabby there is the heart and soul of a tiger. As to why I want to remain on Kali’s good side, I’d refer you to a Google search of Indian mythology, or a couple of hours watching “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”. (2020) (12” x 12”)

 

EMERGENCE

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2020

I suspect that EMERGENCE will be interpreted differently by different people, and to be honest, my understanding of the piece is still changing with events. Originally, I saw the center figure as an act, or form of creation: now I am starting to see it more as a violent, explosive, eruption, like the outbreak of a virus as it starts to spread. My personal insight is that an abstract image may be, or at least is intended to be, timeless, but its message, even to the artist, will be changed by time and circumstances. EMERGENCE is a hand built and raku fired paper clay wall hanging mounted on quarter inch plywood. (2020) (21” x 15” x 2”).

Quarantining

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2020

As we enter week six, (or is it seven?) of staying at home, sheltering in place or self-quarantining and contemplating the economy, the pandemic and the civil unrest it seems that the days are starting to run into each other in a kind of grey fog. Is today Tuesday? When was the last time I was out of the house? What did I fix for lunch yesterday? QUARANTINING is an emotional response to the current situation. Unlike SAINT JOHN THE MOSAICIST it is a minimalist piece using only six pieces repurposed from a couple of uncompleted projects and a drab palette. It may also be an unfinished piece with the potential, like life, to brighten considerably. (2020) (24” x 24” x 2”) ($150)

GOOD MORNING

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As I continue to sort through the detritus and debris of my studio I keep finding bits and pieces of unfinished projects. GOOD MORNING is one of those. Originally planned as part of a four or six part series of collographic prints with slightly different facial expressions and palettes reflecting different periods of the day all of which would be matted and framed as a single item GOOD MORNING is the only one completed. My notes don’t indicate why I didn’t finish the project – I still like the concept, but given everything else going on this is one project that may not get done for a while, if ever. So, I’m posting this to remind myself that the sun will rise tomorrow and it might even herald a good morning. (12” x 12”) (2020) (NFS)

Forsythia & Juniper

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2020

FORSYTHIA & JUNIPER is a monotype I did in the spring of 2019 but which pretty much lay dormant until I came across it while cleaning and reorganizing my studio. I would probably call it an abstract representational or perhaps a representational abstract. Either way, it shows a scene from a portion of our property line at a time when almost nothing else was showing color and there was bleakness to the landscape. Like FIRST FLIGHT it is a way of reminding myself that even though currently much about life appears bleak there is also much to be hopeful about. (2020) (18” X 14”) ($150)

 

Loss

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2020

LOSS is a monotype in the “Cognitive Emotions” Series that attempts to express what you feel in that moment when you get sudden, unexpected and devastating news. It tries to capture the brief instant before your emotional and intellectual coping mechanisms kick in and you start going through however many steps it takes to deal with it and move on. (2020) (22” x 12”) ($215)

First Flight

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2020

FIRST FLIGHT, reading from left to right, expresses my impression of watching the first flight of a young cardinal, which while initially in doubt (at least to me and I think to the cardinal as well) was ultimately a success becoming a symbol of courage and hope. FIRST FLIGHT is a hand inked and hand pulled hard plate monotype. (2020) (12” x 22”) ($125)

FRONTIER’S EDGE

 

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2020

FRONTIER’S EDGE is an experimental “process” piece, a monotype created by using different colored inks applied at different degrees of dryness and with different brayers. No brushes were used. At a distance there is little to see, but at about 10 feet away a log cabin emerges on the right and then a smaller partially obscured building on the left. If your eyesight and imagination are particularly good you will see a very large reddish bear carrying the cabin off. While the cabin was an intended part of the image, the bear was not, but then I guess that is life on the edge of the frontier. Matted and Framed to 11” x 14”. (2020) (11” x 14”)