NUNUM - Jon I’ve heard you use the expression, pushing around colour (or was it paint), before and when i look at your more recent canvases it resonates. The colours in your work don’t seem to be controlled by the shape of the subject matter but rather the contours of the subject and the colours occupy a shared space with them acting in (acting with) some sort of reciprocal autonomy. And yes there is a question in there somewhere.
NUNUM - Can you talk about this, I mean is it conscious on your part or is it just something just has evolved over time … what’s going on here Jon?
NUNUM - Open to interpretation … so then help me interpret. In some of your earlier work you included empty spaces in your compositions, sometimes this was real empty space, like bare canvas but other times it took the form of minimal foreground/background spaces, can you talk a little about the idea behind these decisions.
NUNUM - Jon, let me stop you there for a second, love that, "complete in itself … not simply a representation of another thing."
Jon - Yeah, it is, I mean everything placed in the confines of the painting work in concert to make the final image. I try to keep a sense of flexibility and playfulness with what goes into those spaces. Everything matters inside a painting. This can be good or bad, some things don’t work well together and can detract from the overall image. Sometimes flatness is needed, sometimes more texture, sometimes more or different marks should be made. I may have a goal in mind but the journey to get to that final image sometimes demands a change of approach as the work progresses.
NUNUM - And now its gone, especially in your most recent works, I mean the empty spaces. In your newer canvases the palette of the subject matter and the background are working in a much more obvious concert, not to say there wasn’t a relationship before but now the interplay is very overt. What changed?
NUNUM - At least at first, but they’re tricky, they look simpler at first due to the single base colour but then when I kept looking, it goes away. All those subtle tonal differences in the composition became more pronounced and the canvas got really deep again. Can you talk a little about this style of work and let us know what’s going on here. Same target different vehicle or are you cooking at something new here?
NUNUM - Yeah, no doubt, they are cool, they got a certain simplicity to them from the hyper minimal palette that is a jarring in a very good way when I juxtaposition them with many of your other paintings. Speaking of other, a few years ago one of your pieces was purchased by a museum in Illinois to become a part of their permanent collection can you walk us through how this works and what it means to an artist when you compare it to a gallery show?
NUNUM - If you’re in the Moncton area, Jon’s next show is at the Apple Gallery. Opens on August 23rd with the party starting around 6 pm that night. If you aren’t lucky enough to be around you can always get your fill from Jon’s instagram feed. And of course keep your eyes on NUNUM because we’ll be watching him for you.
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