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John Ford

July 18 – August 6

Opening Reception
Thursday, July 18 5pm – 8pm

This work has its roots conceptually and aesthetically in the idea of constructions and assemblages and how those forms reflect the break down and reconstruction of human lives and the fractured nature of memory. I reflect through my work upon issues of family, identity, age, and death and loss. I further contemplate the contrasts and balance of structure and facade, and destruction and renewal.

The web of experiences and memories that make up our lives are not easily compartmentalized and I attempt to reflect that layered and interwoven reality thematically and materially in my work. While some of my abstract work takes a directly narrative approach, much of it reflects upon these ideas in a more ambiguous way, with a single memory eluding to something more complex. I often obliquely reference maps, particularly in this current body of work, in addition to architectural, figurative andother organic forms in constructing an image.

I grew up in a house undergoing constant structural change, my father being an amateur carpenter who built much of what would become our permanent family home. My mother dedicated much of her time quilting and making clothing, creating objects that were both functional and beautiful.I was surrounded by the chaotic and fascinating process of making things from raw materials, whether wood and nails or patterned fabric and thread. Both of these sensibilities informs my present work, partly as an act of remembrance. I contrast passages of more refined painted surfaces with the raw, paint-splattered edges of roughly cut plywood shapes, a direct reference to the structure and facade of human lives and experience. I want my work to reflect both the desired end of creating a beautiful and comforting object or place while simultaneously evoking the imperfect and untidy process of creativity, and of life.

This current body of work reflects on memories of travel - of place, time and experience; the idea of a single place in time evoking a multilayered response, a flood of attached memories and experiences for both the artist and viewer. I grew up in Ottawa but haven't lived here in more than thirty years. References to the Ottawa River have specific significance as my father’s family once owned and lived at what is now Westboro Beach. Both Summer Storm Crossing the Ottawa River and Their River Burialevoke memories of my parents and the significance of the river for me in remembering them and in visiting them today.

SATURDAY 10-5:30

Contact us:
(613) 789 7145

293 Dalhousie, Suite 103
Ottawa, ON K1N 7E5


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