David Richard Gallery

Exhibition Details

John Vokoun

horizons / structures
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Additive Process

John Vokoun

Additive Process

Acrylic on canvas over panel
18 x 14 inches
Connected Apart

John Vokoun

Connected Apart

Laser-cut acrylic on panel
36 x 49 inches
Convergence of Heaven

John Vokoun

Convergence of Heaven

Laser-cut acrylic on panel
36 x 24 inches
Data Horizon

John Vokoun

Data Horizon

Acrylic on laser-cut panel
36 x 48 inches
Distant Mesa Sunset

John Vokoun

Distant Mesa Sunset

Laser-cut oil paint on panel
36 x 24 inches
SOLD
Earth Meets Sky

John Vokoun

Earth Meets Sky

Laser-cut acrylic on panel
36 x 24 inches
Familiar Landscape

John Vokoun

Familiar Landscape

Laser-cut acrylic on panel
36 x 24 inches
Heat Wave

John Vokoun

Heat Wave

Acrylic on laser-cut panel
36 x 24 inches
La Fajada Earth _ Sky

John Vokoun

La Fajada Earth & Sky

Acrylic on canvas over panel
24 x 20 inches
NM Sky Structure

John Vokoun

NM Sky Structure

Acrylic on canvas over panel
24 x 18 inches
Reconstruction

John Vokoun

Reconstruction

Laser-cut acrylic on panel
24 x 24 inches
Structure of Earth

John Vokoun

Structure of Earth

Oil on panel
40 x 30 inches
Structure of a Sunset I

John Vokoun

Structure of a Sunset I

Oil on panel
40 x 30 inches
Unearthed Foundation

John Vokoun

Unearthed Foundation

Acrylic on laser-cut panel
36 x 24 inches
Wave Dissipation

John Vokoun

Wave Dissipation

Laser-cut acrylic on panel
30 x 24 inches

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horizons / structures Exhibition 2017

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horizons / structures Exhibition 2017

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horizons/structures is painter John Vokoun’s response to a month-long National Parks Art residency in 2016 at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. This series is inspired by his reflection on the architecture, mark making, and symbolism of ancient Chacoans in contrast to our contemporary, technology-driven lives.

With a background in color field painting, Vokoun uses digital tools to explore the effects of the Information Age on society. Influenced by the ideas of Carl Jung and mathematicians Henri Poincaré and Benoit Mandlebrot, he seeks universal patterns between systems. He believes shared modes of communication, symbols, gestures, and geometries can help us understand our evolution in a data saturated–world.

“Over the years working with corrupted computer data and elements of technology, I’ve thought a lot about the structures that make up our lives,” says Vokoun, noting that a couple hundred years from now, people may not even understand what life was like before computers—just as researchers strive to understand Chacoan culture now. “We’re kind of rebuilding our minds,” says Vokoun. “Computers are changing how our brains work.”

Vokoun designs on the computer, playing with corrupted data, and then he paints on canvases that are often laser-cut to line precision. “The horizons I see in this work are the New Mexico vistas I’ve been living with for a long time,” he says. “At Chaco I was influenced by the way the Earth comes up and meets the sky. It seems their whole structure and civilization was built that way, reflecting geography and topography, like those buildings were meant to reach the sky.”

horizons/structures is part of Vokoun’s continued work reinterpreting data and its significance in our lives, as if translating line by line from one language to another, abstract one. “When I was at Chaco, I thought about ancient cultures, their rituals and structures, and I thought about how our lives are constructed now,” he says. Vokoun’s works communicate by decomposing information to its basic units: data point, pixel, byte, and language—hinting at a source and rebuilding this into simple forms.


David Richard Gallery, LLC | 1570 Pacheco Street, A1, Santa Fe, NM 87505 | p (505) 983-9555 | f (505) 983-1284


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