Monday, May 7, 2012

Artist Spotlight - John Pomara

Digital Dating no. 7, 2007
oil enamel on aluminum
36’’ x 48”

John Pomara is an artist and professor of Painting at the University of Texas Dallas.  He recently exhibited part of his “Digital Dating” series at the Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches, Texas in the group exhibit “Silent Transmissions”.   Like the other contributing artists to this exhibit, Pomara’s work has a distinct connection to technology and the impact that technology has on human perception and experience.  On viewing Pomara’s art I grasped the immediately recognizable connection to computer circuitry and digital imagery.  However, I was even more deeply intrigued by the remnants for the artist’s hand seen in the scraped or “pulled” layered surfaces that are characteristic of Pomara’s technique. 

You can watch a full length interview of the artists discussing his work below in the “Art This Week” video posted to Vimeo by Richard Serrano.

Art This Week Interviews-John Pomara from Richard Serrano on Vimeo.

1 comment:

  1. I see Pomara’s works in Arrivals and Departures as referencing, among many things, Barnett Newman’s ‘zip’ paintings, particularly the Stations of the Cross series. The color palette of white and dark blue immediately reminds me of the Stations series. And Pomara’s remarks that his work is about spirituality, suffering, and death reinforces this reading for me. Great interview! Thanks a lot!


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