June 1-30, 2018
Friday, June 1, 6-9 pm
Free and open to the public
John Bryant describes what motivates his art as follows: “My artistic practice is driven by the desire to cut paper, make prints, and take photos. Visual art offers an opportunity to express thought outside the linear structure of language. Collage is useful for creating ambiguous chimeras of words, images, and things borrowed or stolen haphazardly. Conceptually, I’m interested in narratives, surrealism and its relations, weird fiction, and life in a time of empire.”
As to the show’s theme, Bryant states, “Hollow Earth is a series of large scale collages using the fringe idea of the hollow earth as a metaphor for our interior mental life. In the early 19th century, an American army officer, John Cleves Symmes, Jr. published a broadsheet declaring that the earth was hollow, and calling for an expedition to explore the inner world. Using Symmes’ broadsheet as a leaping off point, this body of work takes up Symmes’ challenge, although perhaps not in the manner in which he hoped.