John Spears - Illusion of Lights

when Architecture & Art work together

January 23 - March 27, 2021

curated by Rita Romanova Gekht

Original hand printed work by John Spears are available at the bottom of this page.

John Spears has been making art since the mid seventies. This show includes work from 1992 to the most current of his efforts. His work has evolved using the silk screen process as a basis to embody a multiplicity of paint color palettes. Employing ultra-violet pigments, embedded glass spheres, and the use of both LED and ultra-violet lights, the work moves from abstract to the extraordinary. Spear’s method transcends any particular school of thought and might be considered a stream of consciousness approach to using the silk screen as an open door to painting and multi-media art.

In this exhibit, viewers will be able to use both UV and LED lights to reveal the vast array of colors and textures which remain unseen in natural light. The exhibit will be limited to ten people at a time so viewers can have the opportunity to spend some time interacting with each piece, thereby revealing the depth of the work under different light sources.

Technically Spears mixes his own Ultra-violet pigments and uses a painting binder to adhere micro-spheres of glass that are embedded in the acrylic and metallic inks. The UV light activates the UV inks and the LED light reflects the embedded glass. The resultant visual effects transform the work into a stunning new image. Over the course of his forty-five year career, he acknowledges his influences as both Joseph Albers and Nathan Olveria, among others.

Over the course of his career, Spears has been collected by numerous corporate and private collections (see the link below for a more comprehensive list) and has been exhibited internationally.

His museum exhibits include the San Jose Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Morris Museum of Art. He currently resides in Flemington, New Jersey.

Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday Noon to 5 pm through the exhibition. Protocols for the gallery visits. There is also an online exhibition beginning January 23.

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