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John Strutton
updated: 04/05/2012
website: www.domobaal.com/artists/john-strutton-01.html
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
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Installation View of Donderslag
Installation View of Donderslag (detail)
Corn Dolly Folly (from the series Drumskins)
Installation View of Drumskins
Installation view of No Epitaph Needed
Deaf on principle
Eco Bling
The Horn of Plenty
Installation view of Opus Dopus
Video installation of Opus Dopus
Video installation of Opus Dopus
untitled(from the series Anna Lies)
untitled(from the series Anna Lies)
Installation View of Arthur Brick gig room
Guitar Boxes
 
Portfolio Keywords:  memory, autobiographical, collaborative, text, figurative, humor, obsessive, social criticism
 
 
Installation View of Donderslag by John Strutton
Installation View of Donderslag
Various
2009
Dimensions variable
Installation View of Donderslag (detail) by John Strutton
Installation View of Donderslag (detail)
Various
2009
Dimensions variable
Corn Dolly Folly (from the series Drumskins) by John Strutton
Corn Dolly Folly (from the series Drumskins)
watercolour and acrylic on drumskin
2009
16 " x  16 " 
Installation View of Drumskins by John Strutton
Installation View of Drumskins
watercolour and acrylic on drumskin
2009
Dimensions variable
Installation view of No Epitaph Needed by John Strutton
Installation view of No Epitaph Needed
watercolour on paper
2011
Dimensions variable
Deaf on principle by John Strutton
Deaf on principle
watercolour and indian ink on paper
2010
78 " x  59 " 
Eco Bling by John Strutton
Eco Bling
watercolour and indian ink on paper
2010
78 78 " x  59 59 " 
The Horn of Plenty by John Strutton
The Horn of Plenty
watercolour and indian ink on paper
2010
78 " x  59 " 
Installation view of Opus Dopus by John Strutton
Installation view of Opus Dopus
various
2012
Dimensions variable
Video installation of Opus Dopus by John Strutton
Video installation of Opus Dopus
HD video
2012
Dimensions variable
Video installation of Opus Dopus by John Strutton
Video installation of Opus Dopus
HD video
2012
Dimensions variable
untitled(from the series Anna Lies) by John Strutton
untitled(from the series Anna Lies)
watercolour on paper, ink rubber stamp
2010
11" x  8" 
untitled(from the series Anna Lies) by John Strutton
untitled(from the series Anna Lies)
watercolour on paper
2010
11" x  8" 
Installation View of Arthur Brick gig room by John Strutton
Installation View of Arthur Brick gig room
Various
2009
Dimensions variable
Guitar Boxes by John Strutton
Guitar Boxes
acrylic on cardboard
2009
35" x  13" 

Artist Statement

Since 1999 Strutton’s practice has taken the form of drawing, painting, installation, video and performance. The work often uses the strategy of accrual to deal with a visual form of veneration and cultural reclamation and the resulting installations become a kind of makeshift memorial, an ex voto offering where nostalgia becomes a form of revenge. A preoccupation with ritualistic process, debased iconographies and compulsive aesthetics create a convoluted cosmos of effigies, mandalas, portraits and trophies, a graveyard whose architecture is sustained by anxiety. Sometimes brutal, often absurd, his approach to figuration is fractured, automatic and schizophrenic.

Recent work

Decorations for a Lost Cause
Drawing on references such as 1950’s British municipal graphics, eastern scroll drawings and esoteric figurative traditions, this series of poster and wall hanging sized works on paper have been shown as part of banner like installations or more conventionally framed.
Drumskins
Initially used on the drum kit of Strutton’s band “Arthur brick” the ongoing collection of works entitled “Drumskins” use graphic and vernacular visual references to support a perverse and addictive form of rant/chant based sloganeering. Installed in large groups they create a matrix of visual indulgence and conflicting trajectories where symptom, rather than message, reigns supreme.
Morning Drawings/Anna Lies

Part of Strutton’s speculative studio practice is to spend the first hour of each morning making quick drawings purely to gather some momentum allowing the process itself to offer new possibilities which can be kept, thrown away or more recently stamped as “Anna Lies” (Strutton worked for years on factory production lines in which batches of assembled products would be sent back marked “QA: Rejected”. He marks these drawings for further consideration with a stamp announcing “QA: Passed Failed”).

Artist Bio / CV
John Strutton was born in 1966 and lives and works in London. He received an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in 1998. In 1999 he formed the performance group “The Band of Nod” and from 2003 till 2008 he ran and co-directed, with the artist Alan Miller, the project space “39”. Since 2005 he has been writing and performing with the band “Arthur Brick”. He has recently exhibited in “Parkhaus” at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf and “Precious Things” at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland as well as performing with The Band of Nod at Camden Arts Centre, London, Reading Festival and Tate Britain, London.