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John Bissonette
updated: 07/26/2009
website: johnbissonette.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Stand II
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Big Pinky
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Portfolio Keywords:  kitsch, humor, identity, autobiographical, collaborative, consumer culture
 
 
Stand II by John Bissonette
Stand II
Acrylic and Latex on Wall
2008
Dimensions variable
Stand  by John Bissonette
Stand
Latex on Wall
2008
Dimensions variable
Big Pinky by John Bissonette
Big Pinky
Styrofoam, Latex and Enamel Paints, Cake Servers, Tyvek
2008
Dimensions variable
Big Pinky (Detail) by John Bissonette
Big Pinky (Detail)
Styrofoam, Latex and enamel Paints, Cake Servers, Tyvek
2008
Dimensions variable
Untitled (From: Blank Inside Series) by John Bissonette
Untitled (From: Blank Inside Series)
Collage
2008
6" x  5" 
Untitled (From: Blank Inside Series) by John Bissonette
Untitled (From: Blank Inside Series)
Collage
2008
6" x  5" 
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Untitled (From: Blank Inside Series)
Collage
2008
7" x  5" 
Untitled (From: Blank Inside Series) by John Bissonette
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Collage
2008
6.5" x  4" 
Untitled (From: Blank Inside Series) by John Bissonette
Untitled (From: Blank Inside Series)
Collage
2008
7" x  5" 
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Collage
2008
6" x  8.5" 
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Untitled (From: Blank Inside Series)
Collage
2008
5" x  6" 
Untitled (From: Blank Inside Series) by John Bissonette
Untitled (From: Blank Inside Series)
Collage
2008
4.5" x  5" 
Untitled (From: Blank Inside Series) by John Bissonette
Untitled (From: Blank Inside Series)
Collage
2008
7" x  5" 
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Collage
2008
5" x  4" 

Artist Statement

My interests as an artist consist of an exploration of the reciprocal exchange involved in the production of high and low cultural artifacts. My work mines anti-heroic forms of popular imagery for repressed cultural meaning; conflating notions of value and taste while posing questions of authenticity and the construction of meaning. I create situations in my work that have the ability to transgress the notion of cliché. 

My current body of work borrows from the vocabulary of language and images found in the common greeting card. In my paintings, drawings, installations, and sculptural tableaus, I fracture and rearrange images and text, transforming the formally general and prescribed into fractured relics of loss and desire.  This work takes the glossy, sparkling surfaces of cheap consumer goods and marries them with the emotive potential of the body of paint.  The resultant situation is invested in both the possibility of expression and in the deconstruction of its mechanisms.  

 I am interested in the activity of authorship resulting from customization.  The greeting card is appealing to me because of its potential as a vessel waiting to be emptied and refilled.  In such, it is representative of the activity of meaning.  In my work, appropriated images and text are recoded, so as to allow for meaning to be created in the slippery spaces between the prescribed and the genuine.

Artist Bio / CV

Fellowships, Awards, and Residencies 

2008  Residency, Bemis Contemporary Art Center, Omaha, Nebraska

2005  Herman E. Spivy Graduate Fellowship, Arts and Humanities, UTK  

Selected One and Two Person Exhibitions:            

2010  "Sincerely Yours" Winchester Cultural Center, Las Vegas, NV

2007  “Blank Inside” The Basement Gallery, Knoxville, TN. 

2006   “Welcome to Our Home” Green Lantern, Chicago, Ill.                                           

 

Selected Group Exhibitions: 

2009  "Inscribed Messages", Clark County Government Center, Las Vegas, NV 

2008  Tallahassee International”, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL. 

2007  “Double Date”  Fluorescent Gallery, Knoxville, TN.

“Saccharine, Splenda, Aspartame”  Mahan Gallery, Columbus, OH                                

Public Collections and Archives:                        

Bemis Contemporary Art Center, Omaha, Nebraska Permanent Collection  

Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH.  Permanent Collection

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, The Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center

Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, Knoxville, TN.  Permanent Collection

Citations   

Danielle, Kelley.  “Strip Muse” Las Vegas Weekly March 12-18, 2009 

Michael Joe Krainak.  "Open For Art" City Weekly May 21, 2008                        

Crowe, Kevin.  "Yet Another Gallery" Metropulse/ Volume 17 # 09

Weinberg, Lauren.  “Welcome to our Home, New Interiors from Tennessee” Time Out Chicago/ Issue 74: July 27–August 3, 2006

Picard, Caroline.  “Calvin Is Peeing on a Piece of Pie” Rebuttal/ August 2006 

Publications/ Writing

“Grey Floor Projects” Phonebook II, The Green Lantern Press / ThreeWalls; Second edition (October 23, 2008) p. 103-106