RAGE

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

RAGE, a hand inked and hand pulled dark field monotype, is a two dimensional piece in the “Cognitive Emotions” Series. The two dimensional pieces in the “Cognitive Emotions” Series use color to evoke the particular emotion and the internal lines to show the cognitive element of the emotion. Matted and framed to 20” x 16”.

 

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REVULSION

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

REVULSION is one of the strongest pure emotional pieces in the “Cognitive Emotions” Series containing the least cognitive involvement. The figure is twisted, turning away and pulling back from what is in front of it – an instinctive and unthinking reaction. The color is strong and consistent throughout the piece showing the depth of the emotion. Hand built and raku fired using artist made paper clay. 10 3/8” x 8” x 7” on an MDF base.

SANDS OF TIME – PORTRAIT OF A MENTOR

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

SANDS OF TIME – PORTRAIT OF A MENTOR is a mixed media sculptural piece combining a hand-built, raku-fired ceramic head with a glass tile base.  This piece, for me, evokes the image of an artifact emerging from the sands outside Luxor.  The rest of the title comes from my mentor (and friend) Carol Stirton-Broad, who happened to wear an outfit on the day I was finalizing the design that reflected the pattern, the color and the tone of the tiles I was planning to use for the base.  18″x5.5″x7.5″,

GROWING OLD TOGETHER

 

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

There is a saying that over time, couples tend to take on each other’s characteristics and start to resemble one another in appearance and mannerism.  GROWING OLD TOGETHER, a hand-inked and hand-pulled hard-plate monotype created by individually inking two separate plates and then printing them together, side-by-side, gives abstract expression to that saying.  From a distance, GROWING OLD TOGETHER appears to be a single image, but a closer look reveals that, while there are great similarities and patters that carry from one to the other, they are still two separate and distinct images.  Matted and framed to 24″ x 12″.

ART LEAGUE RHODE ISLAND

Art League Rhode Island

I am very pleased to announce that juror Julia Samuels has invited my sculptural pieces SANTA MUERTE and SANTA MUERTE #5 into the Art League Rhode Island exhibition “Facing the wall.”  This was an open national competition.   The exhibition will run from Friday, March 9 through Saturday May 25, 2018 at the VETs Gallery, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence R, RI, 02903.  There was a reception on Thursday, March 29.  Both pieces are currently for sale.

 

HESITATION

(C) JOHN

Until recently, cognition and emotion were thought to be separate elements.  Now, new research indicate a strong relation with cognition affecting emotion. HESITATION is part of my “Cognitive Emotions” series, in which the primary contour of a piece is intended to suggest or evoke a human emotion such as surprise, elation, or skepticism and the glaze to create a secondary contour showing the interplay between cognition and emotion.  HESITATION is hand-built and raku-fired using a smooth variation of my own artist-made paper clay and a high-gloss/high-reduction raku glaze, set on a MDF base.  15″ x 9″ x 9″.

ANGER MANAGEMENT

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

ANGER MANAGEMENT is a hand-built and raku-fired part of my “Expressive Hands” series, using a rough, textured version of my own artist-made paper clay and mottled raku glazes to emphasize tension between the deep anger expressed in the form of the upper hand and the restraining effect of the lower hand. 9″ x 7″ x 7″ on an MDF base.