John Randall Nelson
Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce a
solo exhibition for John Randall Nelson. "Working in the relative
isolation of Arizona for the last ten years, John Nelson has
synthesized his illustrative and sculptural experience into a unique
body of work that combines painting, drawing, and text with narrative
content. Nelson embraces the concept of artist as storyteller, a
chronicler of contemporary culture. His symbolic amalgamations, which
often consist of a central image superimposed over a collage of symbols
and text (anything from art criticism to nursery rhymes), make
intuitive sense of the inundation that we experience in what Nelson
sees as our "over-communicated, how-to world." Bits
and pieces from daily life are placed, layered, painted, sanded and
repainted; in this persistent, almost obsessive editing and
rearrangement we ﬁnd the grammar of Nelson's private language. And
because the constant reworking of the surface and the rearranging of
form describe the process of discovery and creation, the paintings end
up being narrative in two ways: they ask us to invent our own stories
based on the images and messages that Nelson uses, but they also
present the "story" of their own creation and invite us to share the
restless, somewhat anxious journey of the art-making process."
Excerpt by Deborah Sussman Susser.
John earned a MFA from the Herberger College of Fine Arts, Arizona State University in 1995. He has work in numerous public and corporate collections such as: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona; Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona; The Perrier Corporation, Paris, France; Chemical Bank, New York, New York; and the Tempe Municipal Arts Commission, Tempe, Arizona. John has exhibited at The Bentley Projects, Tempe, Arizona; Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, Arizona; Marguerite Oestreicher, New Orleans, Louisiana; Vanier Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Solomon Dubnick, Sacramento, California. This is John's second exhibition at Andrea Schwartz Gallery.