John Lyon Paul

 

Artist Statement

The act of walking has been described as a controlled fall in which we lean forward and out-of-balance in order to initiate motion. For me, making art is like walking. It involves leaning into the unknown, alive with anticipation, but with a sense of destination. My path has led me to work in both two and three dimensions, to employ a wide range of materials, and to originate unusual treatments. Whereas my paintings offer us new territories to explore -- places of unrestricted travel -- my sculptures function as a kind of base camp or safe anchorage.

The paintings are full of contrasting textures, and often dynamically juxtapose natural and geometric forms. They seem to grow like crystals whose multiple layers alternately obscure and reveal. They are mysterious environments where we are free to move about as if out-of-body, drawn and released by the pulse of color and energy of line. Within them the word “abstraction” gives way to “freedom” as we surround ourselves with a vibration of color that is almost musical. They have places to rest and places to fly with a homing instinct that leads us back to ourselves.

The sculptures take their place among us in the world. They locate us within ourselves and can be understood as tools for centering, grounding, meditation, and healing. Involving varied materials and processes (carved wood, welded and hammered metals, cast paper or concrete), they are products of time, physical exertion and noise. When finished, the sculptures become solid and timeless as if magnetized by a silence that invites us to listen.

 

 
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