Jon with Space 1

Space 1
duct-tape on vellum

It's not my conscious mind at work here, it's my unconscious," Coffelt explained. "I lose myself in the process. I'm usually not aware of what I'm doing. I just feels right at the time."

"What I'm dealing with is space and proportion, and the idea of pulling a person inside of that," Coffelt said. "It's about meditation. I hope that people may get a picture of feeling, of being more centered. When I use bright, contrasting colors, I opt that people will find them soothing, very peaceful, very contemplative."

Forbes 10/13/2012 @ 1:18PM
The Artist Who Wanted to Paint the Highway -Haydn Shaughnessy

I first met artist Jon Coffelt when he was raising money to make a candy-colored Harley. There is a clue to Jon’s art – he is a colorist. Among his projects was an attempt to color the highways around Miami. Colored roads – how fab.

I wanted to profile some of Jon’s work for you -as part of an occasional look at artists with a similarly anarchic mind.

The artists that I know do not think outside the box – there is no box to contain them. They are restless, and wrestling always with some expression that is either latent or half formed. The modern world of work needs more of them. We need to incorporate their anarchy into our order. And there is a reason for this.

Work is becoming tougher on us. all of us. Managers and deliverers. We are less able to draw on the home and friends for the spiritual nourishment we need – because we spend so little time focused on home and friends.

Art, for me, is also a reminder that we shouldn’t fit too easily into anyone else’s patterns or needs. It’s a reminder of freedom. Strange then that a lot of Jon’s work is highly disciplined and repetitive.

So here is one of Jon’s later projects – memory clothing. He takes the clothing of his subject and creates miniature, art-sized versions of them. Each piece is reproduced from its original – a collar on a miniature is taken from the collar of an original, for example. Below that you’ll see a Circuitry piece made from duct tape and vellum. The image top right is a Cosmos painting. Jon’s Circuitry works usually attempt to reproduce a known symbolic style. The one below is Mayan Circuitry.

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