Wednesday, September 27, 2006

John Sherman: Participatory Expressionism

The following piece is by John Sherman, an artist working in Colorado Springs, CO. Pairing strong images with ephemeral settings, he creates moody, contemplative atmospheres -- these paintings are solid statements that have learned to float in midair. Each one comes with a discussion document (see below).

Sherman's work fits very well into modern and eclectic homes, and his abstractions are ideal for fast-paced work environments. His w ork can be seen in galleries in Colorado and California, and online at (Mixed Media gallery) and Please contact Katherine at IAC to inquire about artwork.

Artist: John Sherman
Mixed media September 2005

Size - 48 x 48 x 1 ½ inches, gallery wrapped finished edges

Acrylic underpainting with collaged tissue paper, cheesecloth, artist plaster (cracked) and with several thin layers of oil and varnish applied at the end of the process. Large cracks and fine crackles purpo sely created.
Pre-stretched “gallery wrapped” canvas.


Wine is the symbol of joy, gladness, for in appropriate amounts, it lifts our spirits. Wine is also the symbol of redemption, as it says in Psalm 116:13, "The cup of salvation will I raise, and I will call upon the name of God."
Carl Jung considered wine to represent an expression of cultural achievement.
Wine has the power to transform those who take it. It can change perceived reality. It is used in joyous celebrations. It produces light-heartedness and frivolity but it may lead to drunkenness.

The color red is an emotionally intense and very extreme color. Red clothing can be uplifting and convey power and energy but may invite confrontation. Red symbolizes heat, fire, blood, passion, love, warmth, power, excitement and aggression.

The curved line may elicit ideas of movement, fluidity, female form, the form of a wine glass.

The t exture may indicate the “organic” nature of life, the interconnectedness, the beauty of natural forms found in nature such as dirt, cracks, flesh, mud, wood, tree bark etc. The texture is allowed to form but is not directed by the artist. The deep and shallow, fine and coarse texture serves to pull the viewer into the interstices of the painting, encouraging closer and closer observation which in turn leads to discoveries of images, which like dreams, are normally just beyond our conscious reach.