ELATION

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To me, elation is an emotion with a strong cognitive base – what you feel when a plan comes together, perhaps better than expected. ELATION combines a sense of fireworks going off – not as an isolated event but as a culmination. A hand inked and hand pulled dark field monotype, part of the “Cognitive Emotions” Series, ELATION is matted and framed to 24” x 18”.  

GROWING OLD TOGETHER in the ALA Gallery by the Lake

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I am very pleased to announce that juror Richard E. Gallego has included my monotype GROWING OLD TOGETHER in the ALA Gallery by the Lake Show “Through My Eyes”. The Show will run from July 22nd through September 22nd. The Gallery is located at 106 W Pryce Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday: 12:00 – 5:00, and Saturday: 10:00 – 2:00, and there will be a reception on July 22nd from 2:00 until 4:30 so if you’re in the area drop in.

ANXIETY

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

Anxiety is an emotion which can have a very significant cognitive element – or a very small one.  Part of the “Cognitive Emotions” Series, ANXIETY is a hand inked and hand pulled dark field monotype which, with its sharp palette and internal lines is intended to put you on edge. It is not a comfortable or comforting piece. Matted and framed to 18” x 14”.

 

RAGE

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

RAGE, a hand inked and hand pulled dark field monotype, is a two dimensional piece in the “Cognitive Emotions” Series. The two dimensional pieces in the “Cognitive Emotions” Series use color to evoke the particular emotion and the internal lines to show the cognitive element of the emotion. Matted and framed to 20” x 16”.

 

GROWING OLD TOGETHER

 

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

There is a saying that over time, couples tend to take on each other’s characteristics and start to resemble one another in appearance and mannerism.  GROWING OLD TOGETHER, a hand-inked and hand-pulled hard-plate monotype created by individually inking two separate plates and then printing them together, side-by-side, gives abstract expression to that saying.  From a distance, GROWING OLD TOGETHER appears to be a single image, but a closer look reveals that, while there are great similarities and patters that carry from one to the other, they are still two separate and distinct images.  Matted and framed to 24″ x 12″.

IN FLANDERS FIELDS

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

IN FLANDERS FIELDS draws upon the first two lines of John McCrae’s iconic World War I poem: “In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses, row on row”.  For me, the visual image created by these lines has always been a very calm, organized and almost static one. It is an image of the dead, not of their dying. With my IN FLANDERS FIELDS I try to shift the focus backward in time from the orderly to the chaos of death. I hope John McCrae would understand and approve.  Hand inked and hand pulled monotype matted and framed to 17” x 7”.