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OCTOBER 2018

Florida School of the Arts presents local artist Jason John

Self portrait of artist Jason John
“Fierce,” Oil on Canvas by Jason John
 “Carrier,” Oil on Canvas by Jason John
“Don't Worry Ricder,” Oil on Canvas by Jason John

The works of local artist Jason John will be displayed in an exhibit titled “Within the Transient Self” at the Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) Fine Arts Gallery, located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will open with a reception on Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. and will be on display through November 19. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and during Main Stage performances.

John, an associate professor at the University of North Florida, has participated in 100 exhibitions throughout the world in the last seven years, including Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition “Get Real.”

According to John, “The subjects that I address as an artist explore the interdependence of personal identity, memory and human relationships in daily life. Art, as an object that offers opportunities for subjective insight, is, in my work, an opportunity to consider how individuals form distinct and sometimes drastically different memories and perceptions of shared experiences with profound and uncertain consequences for what we call identity.”

Born in 1980 in Detroit, Michigan, John grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He received a BFA in painting from Kutztown University and an MFA in painting and drawing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also studied at The Waichulis Studio, which is now called Ani Art Academies.

John has been affiliated with Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia and Arcadia Gallery in New York. His work has graced the front covers of “Art Calendar” as well as “Blue Canvas” “Poets and Artists,” “Visual Arts Overture” and “Weave” magazines. Additionally, his work has been featured in “American Arts Quarterly,” “American Art Collector,” “Studio Visit” “Creative Quarterly,” “Aesthetica” and Manifest Gallery’s International Painting books 1 – 5.

“As a painter, I represent figures ensnared in environments of uneasiness and flux,” said John. “Some or all of the figures in my paintings are partially concealed by veils and distortion that obscure the face — one of the most important traditional subjects of painting and the psychological locus of personhood, relationship and identity. Partially or fully concealing the identity of the subject alters the viewer’s traditional expectation of intimate access to the represented individual,” John explained.

“The veil or mask denatures the subject of the painting and marks him or her as object of the viewer’s gaze,” John continued. “The characters in my paintings become part of the material environment of the painting. They can evolve toward empowered subjects or devolve into beautifully crafted objects deprived of identity through the subjective eye and imagination of the viewer, whose own identity and perceptual biases inevitably contribute to resolving the significance of the artwork.”

Learn more about John and his work at www.jasonjohnart.com

Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards a two-year associate degree in the following areas of study: acting, dance performance, musical theater, stage management, theater technology, graphic design/new media and studio art. The School serves the entire state of Florida. Admission is based on an audition or portfolio review, an interview with the faculty and admission to SJR State.

For more information about Florida School of the Arts, call 386-312-4300 or visit online at floarts.org.




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The works of local artist Jason John will be displayed in an exhibit titled “Within the Transient Self” at the Florida School of the Arts Main Gallery located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. An opening reception will be held Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through November 19.

“Fierce,” Oil on Canvas by Jason John

“Carrier,” Oil on Canvas by Jason John

“Don't Worry Ricder,” Oil on Canvas by Jason John

 

 

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