What is art really? This question seems to influence artist John C. Wagoner as he steps outside the bounds of his medium of choice, paint. Wagoner creates three-dimensional paintings or sometimes are referred to as “paint sculptures." He provides a commentary on the idea of painting not yet being dead in a digital art world. Wagoner asserts that this medium still has some tricks up its sleeve. Overall when asked about his artwork and what it means, he often asks, “What defines a painting?” Take a closer look and you’ll see that the object is entirely made out of acrylic paint.
This collection is based off of the idea of the frame as a work of art. A frame enclosed around a work of art can enhance it or even distract us from viewing the artwork as a whole. With this view of aesthetic, the frame is a part of the artwork but in this collection, the frame is the work of art.
Wagoner has created other series in this style, Polaroids, paint brushes and even T-bone steaks, but the larger scale of the frames really pushes the limits of this technique. At first glance one might think they are observing a painted old frame but on closer inspection you begin to notice the many layers of colored paint and see its edges curl like chipped paint on an old door. One frame hangs with no armature, drooping from its hooks tearing at its corners becoming more than a just a rectangular border. Wagoner's frames take on a life of their own as you notice the differences and interesting imperfections of the medium.
The art theory and philosophical writings of Aristotle, Plato, Derrida and specifically, Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Treatise on Painting’ have been major influences in his work. The works of Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, and Claes Oldenberg have also been instrumental in the development of his style. He has exhibited his works online and nationwide in New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Iowa, Louisiana and overseas in Florence, Italy.
John C. Wagoner is an Assistant Professor of Art at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, LA. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA.
To find out more about Made Out Of Paint, John C. Wagoner visit his website at madeoutofpaint.com.
Coming up next on the Gallery Wall is Thom Johnson.