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John Painter: Moods Change Colors

Posted Aug 03 2009 12:00am


John Painter

The H Gallery
2356 Rice Blvd
Houston, TX 77005

August 8 - September 7, 2009
OPENING RECEPTION: Sat., August 8, 4-6 PM

Moods Change Colors is an exhibition of new collages and a tree installation made specifically for this exhibition. Painter's collages are the convergence of his painting, photography, and sculpture work. They also are a byproduct of his background in the family business of construction, carpentry, painting, and tradesman. His decision as whether to tear something down or to build something up from the foundation holds true both in construction and in art. The physicality of shredding, tearing and cutting up his photographs - his personal visual history - provides a psychological and a spiritual awakening of his past. The reconstruction and reuse of these photographs gives him a sense of preserving his history. John has made use of photography since his teen years in the late sixties and rather than contribute to a landfill he chose to recycle and reuse a lifetime of photography. These photographs are representative of places, friends, family, pets, and personal things locked in a point in time in the artist's life. Others are photos of art works in progress or completed works. This series of collages can be seen as an expression of his life's experiences, exploding with color and form.  The outdoor tree installation will consist of tapestry-like banners made from FEMA tarps. FEMA tarps are used in protecting homes from water damage and easily recognizable in the Gulf Coast region with their bright blue color. Painter's installation will take place almost one year from the date Hurricane Ike (September 1-14, 2008), the third most destructive hurricane to ever make landfall in the United States, came through Houston. Just as his collages are a celebration and renewal of life despite obstacles, John's installation will do the same using the FEMA tarp as an underlying material for his colorful installation.

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