JOHN SALVEST

Artist statement:

"For many years I have been engaged in the development of a body of work that focuses on the evocative power of everyday objects. I believe that all of the beauty, courage, sadness, humor and absurdity of the world is reflected in ordinary things. They are, after all, physical evidence of our deepest needs and desires. Hegel once wrote "The familiar is not necessarily the known." As if to illustrate this statement, Magritte made a painting of five men in suits, each with a familiar object--sponge, shell, lemon, pitcher and bow--hovering right in front of his eyes. They stare blankly past the objects as if they are not there. By recharging the half-forgotten objects that fill our lives, I hope to offer an antidote for such numbness. Minutiae such as business cards, wine corks, cigarette butts, and chewing gum are accumulated and used, often with the assistance of language, to create works that communicate personal realizations about time, mortality and the many paradoxes of the human condition, as well as to comment upon the triumphs and follies specific to our own time."

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Press

CenlaFoCUS AMoA Gets Out of the Ordinary With New Spring Exhibitions
ArtSpace The Architects Behind Stonefox on Making Home a Site for Arresting Art
The Dallas Morning News Books take center stage in these rooms
Commercial Appeal 2014 in Review: The most vital, transcendent art exhibitions in Memphis
Arkansas Democrat Gazette Objects of Inspiration
Crystal Bridges Blog International Literacy Day in Art
John Salvest - Digital Catalogue
ArtDaily
IN New York Magazine
Antiques and the Arts Weekly
The Village Voice
Go Memphis
Art in America
The Daily Helmsman
The University of Memphis

Disappearing Ink

The Kansas City Star
ʻIOU/USAʼ makes a monumental statement
Kansas City
Towering ‘IOU/USA’ leads this month’s First Friday offerings
Art In America
New York Sun
Sweet Seduction in Varied Forms
The Village Voice Voice Choices