John Vokoun
horizons / structures
April 5 - May 29, 2017
Opening reception with artist: Friday April 7, 2017 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Gallery Talk with artist, John Vokoun and Kathryn M. Davis


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.

John Vokoun Additive Process Acrylic on canvas over panel 2017 18 x 14 at David Richard Gallery John Vokoun
Additive Process
Acrylic on canvas over panel
2017
18 x 14 inches
 
John Vokoun Connected Apart Laser-cut acrylic on panel 2015 36 x 49 at David Richard Gallery John Vokoun
Connected Apart
Laser-cut acrylic on panel
2015
36 x 49 inches
 
John Vokoun Convergence of Heaven Laser-cut acrylic on panel 2017 36 x 24 at David Richard Gallery John Vokoun
Convergence of Heaven
Laser-cut acrylic on panel
2017
36 x 24 inches
 
John Vokoun Data Horizon Acrylic on laser-cut panel 2017 36 x 48 at David Richard Gallery John Vokoun
Data Horizon
Acrylic on laser-cut panel
2017
36 x 48 inches
 
Distant Mesa Sunset John Vokoun
Distant Mesa Sunset
Laser-cut oil paint on panel
2017
36 x 24 inches
 
John Vokoun Earth Meets Sky Laser-cut acrylic on panel 2017 36 x 24 at David Richard Gallery John Vokoun
Earth Meets Sky
Laser-cut acrylic on panel
2017
36 x 24 inches
 
John Vokoun Familiar Landscape Laser-cut acrylic on panel 2017 36 x 24 at David Richard Gallery John Vokoun
Familiar Landscape
Laser-cut acrylic on panel
2017
36 x 24 inches
 
John Vokoun Heat Wave Acrylic on laser-cut panel 2017 36 x 24 at David Richard Gallery John Vokoun
Heat Wave
Acrylic on laser-cut panel
2017
36 x 24 inches
 
John Vokoun La Fajada Earth _ Sky Acrylic on canvas over panel 2016 24 x 20 at David Richard Gallery John Vokoun
La Fajada Earth & Sky
Acrylic on canvas over panel
2016
24 x 20 inches
 
John Vokoun NM Sky Structure Acrylic on canvas over panel 2017 24 x 18 at David Richard Gallery John Vokoun
NM Sky Structure
Acrylic on canvas over panel
2017
24 x 18 inches
 
John Vokoun Reconstruction Laser-cut acrylic on panel 2015 24 x 24 at David Richard Gallery John Vokoun
Reconstruction
Laser-cut acrylic on panel
2015
24 x 24 inches
 
John Vokoun Structure of Earth Oil on panel 2017 40 x 30 at David Richard Gallery John Vokoun
Structure of Earth
Oil on panel
2017
40 x 30 inches
 
John Vokoun Structure of a Sunset I Oil on panel 2017 40 x 30 at David Richard Gallery John Vokoun
Structure of a Sunset I
Oil on panel
2017
40 x 30 inches
 
John Vokoun Unearthed Foundation Acrylic on laser-cut panel 2017 36 x 24 at David Richard Gallery John Vokoun
Unearthed Foundation
Acrylic on laser-cut panel
2017
36 x 24 inches
 
John Vokoun Wave Dissipation Laser-cut acrylic on panel 2017 30 x 24 at David Richard Gallery John Vokoun
Wave Dissipation
Laser-cut acrylic on panel
2017
30 x 24 inches