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. http://joncoffelt.com/section/160830_MOT
There is a clue to Jons art he is a colorist. Among his projects was an attempt to color the highways around Miami. http://joncoffelt.com/artwork/2867813_Mi
Colored roads how fab.
I wanted to profile some of Jons 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 shouldnt fit too easily into anyone elses patterns or needs. Its a reminder of freedom. Strange then that a lot of Jons work is highly disciplined and repetitive.
So here is one of Jons later projects memory clothing. http://joncoffelt.com/section/160834_min
He takes the clothing of his subject and creates miniature, art-sized versions of them. Each piece is reproduced from its original http://joncoffelt.com/artwork/1325103_Co
a collar on a miniature is taken from the collar of an original, for example. http://joncoffelt.com/artwork/2193590_Mi
Below that youll see a Circuitry piece made from duct tape and vellum. http://joncoffelt.com/artwork/1327635_Ma
The image top right is a Cosmos painting.http://joncoffelt.com/artwork/1324831_Ch
Jons Circuitry works usually attempt to reproduce a known symbolic style. The one below is Mayan Circuitry.http://joncoffelt.com/artwork/1327635_Ma
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