John D. Gall
" Human Equations", Prints
May 3 - May 28 2004
I strive to tell stories with my art, whether indirectly as metaphors or directly as narratives. Even a still life can tell a story. My subject may be dreamed, imagined, or experienced, as an autobiographical interpretation, but those invented from my imagination are the most precious to me. Any person, place, time, or thing can be a source for inspiration allowing freedom and diversity of subject matter. Solving the problem of staying focused is handled by working in a series, pursuing an idea until it has been explored, drained, and pushed to the limits of my interest. It is difficult to say how many different images may come from a basic " idea."
I enjoy drawing, and my primary medium of intaglio (etching) printmaking is influenced by this. I relate to the European tradition of etching, emphasizing line and technique. Many of my mentors: Rembrandt, Goya, Whistler, and Picasso all excelled as draughtsmen and etchers. The love of a strong graphic image and the craft to produce it can be clearly seen in their prints. I would like to think I am proceeding in the same direction.
The realm of imagination has brought me to my most current body of work (1995-present). Coming from a math and science background, I am fascinated by the aesthetic beauty of mathematical equations, graphs, and symbols. This has led me to the most complex equation of all: the "Human" equation. In an almost surreal way I have begun combining and incorporating the human figure with these symbols. The works are usually in an unexplained space where different scales and perspectives exist. The symbols represent metaphors for various conditions of knowledge. This approach to my art has expanded to include not only the "Human" equation, but also botanical, biological, and inanimate subjects.
-John D. Gall
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