John Henderson is an inspiring and very active contemporary artist. His devotion to the multi-leveled exploration of abstract painting is mirrored in the mesmerizing amalgam of different methodological art tools. The artist investigates the notions of originality and documentation through an intriguing set of creative processes which produce imagery of sculptural connotations. He will soon have a solo exhibition in New York, at Galerie Perrotin.
John Henderson is a 30-year-old artist born in Minneapolis and currently living and working in Chicago. It could be said that his artwork references Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, among other inputs. Henderson is interested in ascribing attributes to his artwork which challenge and encourage the viewer to reflect upon the piece critically. The artist tends to translate his original work into new materials by the power of processes such as photography or casting. Thus, he creates a situation where certain aspects of the original work become lost during the process of transformation to another medium. It is the action of translation of the work which actually interests the artist and intrigues the spectator… Recent solo exhibitions of the artist include He’s an interesting thinker at Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong (2013), John at Peep-Hole, Milan (2013) and 12 x 12: John Henderson at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2011), to name a few…
Type and Proof
In an electrolytic bath, copper ions are slowly deposited on a conductive mold taken from an original painting. This remarkable creative process is known as electrotyping or electroforming. Each painting generated by the power of this process is titled “Type”. The result of this process is an almost sculptural metallic document of the painting. On the other hand, printed works, titled “Proof (wall rip, verso)” represent a translation of an artwork from the wall paint to a piece of linen. As well as the electroforming process, this kind of artwork suggests a certain dimensionality of the piece, allowing the studio itself to be the part of the work. Thus, formative elements of the final product actually involve the space, previous artwork, as well as the performative aspect to the process. It is truly a remarkable exploration of the creative incentive…
A new collection of works by John Henderson, incorporated in the exhibition titled A Revision, will be on show at Galerie Perrotin in New York during the period between October 9th and November 15th 2014. An interesting aspect of the show is a video contribution by the artist which shows the skylight in the artist’s studio on a rainy day. The video itself, just as other pieces of art, is an artistic expression which conveys the dualities of expression and documentation, originality and reproduction… It is another medium of high aesthetical value for all of us to appreciate…
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