65GRAND is pleased to present Imitate Fiction, an exhibition by John Lyon, the artist's first with the gallery.
The paintings that make up Imitate Fiction are composed of motifs pulled from the artist's earlier work. These "mash-ups" are derived from various periods and stylistic approaches in Lyon's painting history. Evident also are the influences he's worked through, such as Gerhard Richter and Gary Hume; as well as his fascination with patterned fabrics that hold significant connotations such as Scottish tartans. Unifying the disparate painterly techniques is an achromatic gray scale palette. Just as foreground and background are confused, compressed, and flattened, so is the timeline the fragments are culled from. Rather than a systematic index of the artist's history, these paintings are a new whole constructed from parts that have been chopped, screwed, and reused.
John Lyon lives and works in Indiana. Solo exhibitions include The End, Contemporary Arts Workshop, Chicago in 2008 and John Lyon at McClane Gallery, Houston, TX in 2005. Recent group exhibitions include Salon Show, South Shore Arts Center, Munster, IN in 2011; Project 1, Alexys Schwartz Projects, Culver City, CA in 2010; and This is Not a Test, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA in 2006. Lyon's work has been written about in the Chicago Tribune, the L.A. Weekly, and the Los Angeles Times. He received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University and his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.