September  8 - October 8
Tubbs Gallery

 

Opening
Friday Sept 8
5 pm - 7 pm

Pareidolia
works by John Mosher

John Mosher Chromaspheric Wanderer 2015 digital video 3m

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Artist Statement

Pareidolia is a term that means "a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists". As an abstract artist, I am interested in the patterns that we find in everyday objects and formations. I create work that suggests a place between the visually familiar, and cognitively dissonant.

In addition, this work is placed in the context a narrative I have created called "the Chromanauts" The Chromanauts - explorers of time and quantum-chroma space - have recently sent me cryptic messages and crude sketches of their encounters in the "negative space." Out of sheer curiosity I attempt to decode these messages and create images out of them. This difficult and often absurd activity requires me to seek solitude in the vast galactic space of my studio, create a blank white landscape of paper, shred local flora into spectrums from which I can reconstitute "form", tune the frequency of my Suns, assemble primitive black and gray tools from burnt organic matter, take part in no less than three rituals (one of which is referred to by the Chromanauts as "Le compliment: Rouge et vert"), put my self-orbiting helmet on (with a setting of red/blue shift neutral), calibrate my satellites, meditate on the "ring of moons", and gesture wildly. Despite my best efforts, their messages are never clear. Once I stop moving they turn into visual static and fade away. I think they find this amusing.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

John Mosher is a multi-media artist working in video, sound, and mixed media on paper. He is interested in creating narratives that weave across different mediums. His current narrative is based on characters he created called "The Chromanauts". He received his MFA from the University of Cincinnati, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Salisbury University, in Salisbury, Maryland.

Selected Artwork


John Mosher Pareidolia 1 2016, collage on paper 15" x 19"


John Mosher Pareidolia 2 2016, collage on paper 15" x 19"


John Mosher Pareidolia 3 2016, collage on paper 15" x 19"

     


John Mosher Pareidolia 4 2016, collage on paper 15" x 19"


John Mosher Pareidolia 5 2016, collage on paper 15" x 19"


John Mosher Pareidolia 6 2016, collage on paper 15" x 19"

 

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