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John Longbow

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Birthplace
clovis California

Birth year
1968

Lives in
Rio Rancho New Mexico

Works in
Rio Rancho New Mexico

Website

Schools
UCSC (University of California Santa Cruz), 1987, Music
Roberto Venn School of Luthierie, 1986, Luthierie

Representing galleries
Canal Gallery , Capitol 1 Gallery Plano Texas and Richmond Virginia, Contemperary Art Online

Tags
abstract, digital, surrealism, photography, modern, video-art, realism, pop, digital photo manipulation digital, digital photo manipulation street-art/graffiti/pop

Bio
About John Longbow:
John Longbow, who resides in New Mexico, is a professional musician, Luthier “Guitar builder” and Image Manipulator.  John has a BA in Music, with a Minor in Industrial Manufacturing.  John began manipulating photographs while on the road playing with the band.  While in Mexico, John was taught to look at images beyond their traditional physical presence. 
 
John’s Personal Statement:
"Through pictures, symbols and totems; I see the spirit of the image.  I then manipulate the image to speak what I see.  I hope these images stop you… and make you think differently." 
Comments by the Assistant Curator
John Longbow’s manipulated photographs are visually intense.  Longbow wants to find the spirituality in the environment, both natural and man-made.  His goal is to create a totem of each piece.  A totem is when an object is believed to have spiritual significance and is adopted by its symbol.  Longbow’s piece, Effigy of Baba Ramdez, is a great illustration of finding the totem. Baba Ramdez popularized yoga, an already spiritual exercise.  The image puts Ramdez in the center of some kind of Indian protest.  Ramdez has become the totem for health conscious Indians.
 
Mandala is a common form of spiritual art for the Hindus and the Buddhists. They are well known to be created of geometric shapes and to grasp the spirit. More recently, Christian mandala’s can be found and portraits and an environment can even be seen.  Longbow has chosen a more contemporary version to find the spirit through art by capturing events and abstracting the scene later.
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To meet John Longbow and view his magnificient images in person, he will be showing at the Capitol 1 Art Show being held on November 2.  Below is the address for the show:


Capitol 1 Show
7933 Preston Road
Plano, TX 75024-2359


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