It's all alchemy & witchcraft, mixed with beauty & dreams. If done correctly then you have Magic.
Paintings & Drawings
Making art is a strange thing. Artists have an idea, a feeling, a spark and put paint to canvas, clay to form, notes to music and pen to paper. We try to communicate this idea in the hope that the viewer, listener or reader “gets it”. Getting it is where it all goes to hell. Why do we even have to “get it”?
Today the world is filled with such negativity and the access to it is a fingertip away. There are artists that relate their frustration through their work that is sometimes incredibly uplifting and beautiful and sometimes...well, completely depressing and emotionally heavy. The artist and the recipient have different ideas, different thought patterns going on. Sometimes, most of the time in the case of my work it’s very simple; I want you to create a story. I want you the viewer to leave feeling... happy.
This body of work started in 2016 while living in Richmond, VA with the concept of creating looser pieces on a larger scale. The architect of the pieces starts with the hundreds of photos I have taken of models and flowers over the past 15 years. Cutting, Assembling and piecing them together to create a blueprint for the painting.
By combining sensuous richness, historical myths and a studio filled with background sounds of shoegazing/dreampop/noise, ala’ Cocteau Twins, I’m trying to create a moment of conscious dreams & floating beauty. Devoid of any current political news or social statements, I’m simply trying to construct a beautiful image.
Jon Gernon is a painter, printmaker and independent curator living in the Eastside of Historic Troy, NY. His current works focus on creating modern day fables, allegories and lore.
Jon is a former gallerist and gallery director with over 25 five years of curating and designing exhibitions. His personal work has been included in over eighty group and solo exhibitions including the Attleboro Arts Museum (Attleboro, MA), The Morris Graves Museum (Eureka,CA), The Hyde Collection (Glens Falls, NY), The George Segal Gallery at Montclair State
University (Montclair, NJ). The Kinsey Institute at Indiana State University (Bloomington, In). In 2015 his work was part of the traveling Contemporary Magic Realism Exhibition in Denmark, England, and the United States.
His work has been written about and published in American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art Alternative, Juxtapoz, Southwest Art, Artscope, Wallstreet International & Hyperallergic.
Upcoming and Recent Exhibitions:
Three Person Exhibition
TBA - The Laffer Gallery - Fall 2021
Upstate Artists Regional
December 12, 2020 - January 18, 2021
The Laffer Gallery
96 Broad Street, Schuylerville, NY 12871 | (518) 695-3181
August 4th - August 28, 2020
Albany Center Gallery
488 Broadway, Albany, NY | (518) 462-4775