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Artist Statement - John Moores

I love puns. Really. Despite the fact that so many people love to hate puns, I really like them. So when I was working on "Verticle Red" and misspelled the title of my piece, I just kept working. Later, when things had calmed down a bit, I went on the web to look up the correct spelling of the word. Imagine my surprise when I read the following:


            n. 1. An axis; a hinge; a turning point.

            Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.

It seems my punny side had struck again, and I didn't realize it, at least not right away. While the red in this piece is vertical, it is also verticle. This piece, while having a subject matter that is straight up and down, is also a turning point for me. The last several years have been spent doing figures in a developing Transparent Cubist style. Suddenly, I am doing abstracts. Not only that, I even went as far as to begin exploring collage. Before anyone starts to think that I am giving up the figure work, slow down a bit. Just taking a bit of a break. I started doing some landscapes in the Transparent Cubist style. They definitely show some promise.

Part of all this comes from the fact that I tend to get bored doing the same thing over and over. To me, Art is a Journey. No one can go on a journey and stand in the same place. Journey means movement, journey means going from one place to another, not standing still. The explorations I am working on right now haven't begun to gel. Everything is in a state of flux. It is rather exciting. I can't really say where all this will end up. Probably at another turning point.

So, when all is said and done, I have many more ideas and possibilities running around in my head than I have time to do work. They only make days with 24 hours.

So maybe "Art is a Road Trip." You know, a journey where the whole point is the journey.

Who needs a destination anyway?