ATTICUS PAINE GALLERY

I am very pleased to announce that five of my pieces DARK MOON RISING, a smoke fired/raku wall hanging, its companion piece HIGH MORNING SUN, ORACLE, a mixed media/found object sculpture, REQUIEM FOR A MUSE, a raku fired paper clay assemblage and THE GREEN MAN: WINTER SOLSTICE, a mixed media sculpture will, along with work from other members of the Cheltenham Ceramics Collective, be part of the Opening Exhibition for the Atticus Paine Gallery. The Atticus Paine Gallery is located at 107 Central Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19102 and the Exhibition will run from June 2, 2019 until July 7, 2019.

GUILD OF PAPERMAKERS – MCCC EXHIBITION

I am very happy to announce that three of my pieces THE ART OF THE GERRYMANDER, PORTRAIT OF GAIA: 2018, and MEMORIES OF THE FALL will be part of the Guild of Papermakers Exhibition at Montgomery County Community College. The Exhibition will be held in MCCC’s Fine Arts Center at 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422, and will run from May 21, 2019 until June 29, 2019.

PARADISE LOST

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

With all due respect to John Milton, the inspiration for PARADISE LOST was not his iconic 1667 poem but rather the devastating 2018 Camp Fire which destroyed the town of Paradise, California. While the ending may be the same in both cases, and both were caused by human actions, there are differences. PARADISE LOST is a hand inked and hand pulled monotype and is intended to be a companion to my 2017 print WILDFIRE.  $275.00

EB4D LOSS, REDEMPTION AND GRACE

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

I am very pleased to announce that jurors Jerry Cullum and Teresa Bramlette Reeves have invited my paper collage ARMED TEACHERS: WHAT CAN POSSIBLY GO WRONG? into the “Loss, Redemption, and Grace” Exhibition at EBD4, 2382Chamblee Tucker Road, Chamblee, GA 30341 (just outside Atlanta). The Exhibition will open June 8, 2019 with an Artist’s Reception from 6:30 pm until 10:30 pm and will run until July 20, 2019. EBDA is open from 1 til 5 on Friday and Saturday and by appointment Monday thru Thursday. So, if you have a long lay-over in Atlanta it might be something to see.

GMO #37

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

GMO # 37 is a mixed media sculpture using a found object and hand built raku fired paper clay. Somehow, using a purely natural object (a piece of yew root), and something completely manufactured (paper clay), seemed the appropriate way to depict a “genetically modified object”. GMO #37 is part of a series of mixed media sculptural pieces I’m going to be concentrating on this year. For want of a better title, I’m calling it my “Look What I Found” Series.

Midnight Blues

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

MIDNIGHT BLUES is intended to be an ambiguous and amorphous; bringing different feelings to different people. To some it will evoke an exotic night sky; to others an end of day sadness, or the muted wail of a saxophone, while others will experience something else entirely or perhaps nothing at all. MIDNIGHT BLUES is a viewer’s narrative piece. A hand inked and hand pulled monotype it is matted and framed to 22” x 28”.

Prelude

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

PRELUDE, part of my “Look What I Found” series of sculptures using found objects and hand built paper clay elements, draws upon my “Rim of Fire” series for its inspiration. The pieces in the “Rim of Fire” series use stained glass and paper clay fired together to depict the early moments of a volcanic eruption. PRELUDE, as its name implies, is of an earlier moment: the clouds of ash are rising but the eruption has not started. PRELUDE is composed of distorted Styrofoam, handmade paper clay, resin, underglazes, and acrylic and enamel paints.