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John Bissonette

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Birth year

Lives in
Las Vegas, NV

Works in
Las Vegas, NV


University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2006, MFA
Columbus College of Art and Design, 2003, BFA

exhibition/performance, sculpture, installation, mixed-media, pop



 "Thinking of you.

         It is a deceptively simple statement that has implications far beyond its brevity.  An intimation of empathy, sympathy, love, and loss, it transcends specificity in its application to both the beautiful and disastrous. It is a general acknowledgement of an awareness of a consciousness that is universally applicable to human emotion. 

My interests as an artist consist of an exploration of the reciprocal exchange involved in the production of high and low cultural artifacts. My work mines anti-heroic forms of popular imagery for repressed cultural meaning; conflating notions of value and taste while posing questions of authenticity and the construction of meaning. I create situations in my work that have the ability to transgress the notion of cliché.

My current body of work borrows from the vocabulary of language and images found in the common greeting card. In my paintings, drawings, installations, and sculptural tableaus, I fracture and rearrange images and text, transforming the formally general and prescribed into fractured relics of loss and desire.  This work takes the glossy, sparkling surfaces of cheap consumer goods and marries them with the emotive potential of the body of paint.  The resultant situation is invested in both the possibility of expression and in the deconstruction of its mechanisms.
I am interested in the activity of authorship resulting from customization.  The greeting card is appealing to me because of its potential as a vessel waiting to be emptied and refilled.  In such, it is representative of the activity of meaning.  In my work, appropriated images and text are recoded, so as to allow for meaning to be created in the slippery spaces between the prescribed and the genuine.

Fellowships, Awards, and Residencies

2008  Residency, Bemis Contemporary Art Center, Omaha, Nebraska

2005  Buck Ewing Graduate Scholarship, UTK

2004  Graduate Teaching Associate Appointment, UTK

2003  Herman E. Spivy Graduate Fellowship, Arts and Humanities, UTK

Selected One Person Exhibitions:

 2010  Sincerely Yours”, Winchester Cultural Center, Las Vegas, NV

 2007  “Blank Inside” The Basement Gallery, Knoxville, TN.

 2006  “Welcome to Our Home” Green Lantern, Chicago, Ill.

          “Yours, Mine, and Ours” Ewing Gallery, Knoxville, TN.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2009  “ Inscribed Messages”  Clark County Government Center, Las Vegas, NV

2008  1st Annual Fundraiser”, Green Lantern, Chicago, Ill

           “Tallahassee International”, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL.

2007  “Double Date”  Fluorescent Gallery, Knoxville, TN.

            “Saccharine, Splenda, Aspartame”  Mahan Gallery, Columbus, OH

Recent Exhibits

John Bissonette participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2011 Contemporary Focus 2011
Knoxville Museum of Art
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John Bissonette has Exhibited with these artists:

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John Bissonette has Exhibited at these venues:

Knoxville Museum of Art
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