Show Dates: 2009-01-01 - 2009-01-31|
Artist: John Alexander
My name is John Alexander. I am a happily married father of two and my wife informs me that I am an artist as well. As an artist and as a person, what inspires me? Life inspires me. The human condition inspires me. The mind inspires me. If you can step back and look at the big picture for a moment, you will find that each and every one of us has more in common than you may think. No matter who or where you are - no matter how much money you may or may not have - no matter what you look like or what you do - there are common connections that all of us share.
How do we react to the problems that life offers us? How do we react to adversity? How do we react to ourselves? This is what I call 'the human condition'. Each and every one of us are unique - but many of the problems life has to offer are common ground for all to stand on (whether we realize it or not). I feel that many of my images point to common ground.
My approach to art is often quite simple. Sometimes I am experimenting with new techniques, trying to create something interesting and pleasing to the eye. Other times I will think about something all day at work... sometimes even for weeks before actually starting a project. Many of my images are simply digital representations of visual thought.
What is it that could motivate me into creating a snapshot of my own thoughts? Most of my inspiration comes from human behavior, emotion, and the dark recesses of the mind. The dark side of life weighs heavily in my work. Many of my images you may be able to look at and relate to in some way. As I said before, my work is inspired by things quite human. My images cover many different spectrums of human emotion and behavior. Fear, anger, despair, doubt, vulnerability... there are many themes to be found in my work.
If you were to ask me why so much of my work is focused on the darker side of life, I would tell you that my images are intended to communicate. Sometimes the common ground we all stand on can be found in dark places. It is my hope that at least some of what I have created will make you think, and to realize that as people, we have more in common than we might have ever thought possible.
Despite the dark edge to much of my work, I feel that it is positive rather than negative. It is my belief that even when we are standing in darkness, we are not alone. If a person can look at one of my images and say to themselves "wow! thank goodness I am not the only one to have felt that way" then I have not wasted my time, and hopefully not yours.
More of my work can be found online at www.sirjohnsworld.com.