Statement:

Through a destructive process, exhumed works are constructed of both collected material and found object that resonate with personal traumas, memories, or appeal to the aestheticized destroyed object. The work guides the viewer's attention to the visual object (icon)'s sediments of time and decay, in what I've come to describe as Post-Opulence.

Post-Opulence aims to reveal the contemporary mimesis of permanence, as nothing more than shadowy reflections of a luxurious modern projection of both the ideal and iconic state. In practice, it creates deep afflictions and inaccessibility to a conventional aesthetic, through variable acts of destruction toward the art object. Post-Opulence highlights power invested in a sought idealized form, to then create struggle over the former idealized object through its breaking, burning, and eventual revelation of new bloom. Additionally, makes reference to both actions and signals of changed circumstance & time.

All images on website are created/produced by John James Hartford V

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