John Randall Nelson Alter – native Signs: New Paintings and Drawings is a collection of mixed media paintings, monumental sculpture, and an intriguing group of drawings and paintings on paper. In typical Nelson fashion, the work is centered around playful but hardly innocent symbols, signs, and text. Nelson’s new twist is the appropriation of street signs in place of the wood panel or canvas. The large-scale, kinetic sculpture is a skillful manipulation of perception and expectation. Nelson seduces the viewer into an unfolding, developing story. The rich layers of paint, drawing, and applied objects give way to the underlying subtle layers of meaning in the artist’s personal world. The viewer, however, is always the final arbiter, bringing the solutions to the artist’s complex proposals.
John Randall Nelson’s artwork as been exhibited nationally and internationally. He has completed commissions for collections as diverse as the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Postal Service, and the Perrier Corporation of Paris, France. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections, such as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tamarind Institute, Target Corporation, and
Numerous public art projects include “Community Gardens” sited at the Matthew A. Henson/Hope VI Housing Projects, Phoenix, AZ and “La Memoria Vive” sited at Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, AZ.
(Images: John Randall Nelson, Casual Blonde , mixed media on panel, 22 x 21; Keep Trying to, Mixed media on paper, 94 x 94 inches; Wishes for a Better Road, Mixed media on paper,15 x 20 inches; Courtesy of the artist and Gebert Contemporary-558)