John Westmark is a painter interested in the metaphorical potential of unorthodox materials. The primary material used in his current work is store-bought, paper, sewing patterns, applied directly to the canvas. The patterns are reinterpreted outside of their usual functional context as garment templates to represent figurative and metaphysical imagery. These paintings present both a material and conceptual narrative by embellishing the garment patterns imprinted language of assembly with custom text from contemporary feminist writing and criticism. This added textual narrative disrupts the nostalgic or stereotypical notion of women’s work and admits an aggressive feminist dialog into the visual conversation. The viewer is asked to read both the material and the conveyed story. The women depicted in the paintings are no doubt fearless, independent and scandalous.
Jun 20 13 @ 6:00 PMIsabelle Wenzel Opening at HAUSERGALLERY Switzerland
Jun 21 13 @ 6:16 PMModular Presents FOR 2013
Jun 22 13 @ 4:00 PMMATTE Presents...Full Moon Party at Governor's Island
Jun 28 13 @ 11:29 AMMAN Paris - S/S '14
Jun 29 13 @ 1:39 PMMoMA PS1 Warm Up 2013
Aug 28 13 @ 3:55 PMVenice Film Festival
Jun 17 13 @ 12:21 AMPretty Lights' A Color Map Of The Sun'
Jun 16 13 @ 9:00 PMThe Happy Show at Le Baron Chinatown
Jun 15 13 @ 12:00 PMLondon Collections Mens
May 02 13 @ 2:18 PMMedium Concepts Sample Sale