During his two-week visit toNitra, John W. Ford created a site-specific installation inside the Bunker exhibition space, where he mounted his photographic images....
Artist: John W. Ford (US)
Curator: Omar Mirza
Opening: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 5 p.m.
The exhibition runs until March 17, 2013
Venue: Bunker – Nitra Gallery, Župné námestie 3, 949 01 Nitra, Slovakia
Today’s world is so filled with visual stimuli that we often look but we do not see. During his two-week visit toNitra, John W. Ford created a site-specific installation inside the Bunker exhibition space, where he mounted his photographic images. They show various places, nooks and details of the city, which might be well-known by its inhabitants, but because they pass by them every day, people seem not to perceive them anymore. As a foreigner and a visitor, Ford is much more open to seeing these things. Minor details on the facades, forgotten corners inside buildings or obscure places and objects tell him interesting stories about the city, its history, inhabitants and their lives. We even find here pictures of details from the Bunker itself, taken out from their original context and positioned in new and unexpected places.
The photographs are installed directly into the plaster of Bunker’s old walls, where most of them are not noticeable at first glance. We are not dealing here with a classical gallery presentation, where the artwork is placed centrally in the space. The visitor must look for these ambiguous photographs the same way as Ford looked for the places depicted on them. The visitors are invited to overcome their passivity; they can stop for a moment and once again try to scrutinize things surrounding them.
The images are not meant to be particularly profound, more important is the question if we can still perceive things around us with open eyes? Yet sometimes, it is the oblique or peripheral perception, with eyes half-closed, that we may see what we had forgotten, or had simply never noticed. The exhibition lets us think about how we perceive the space we live in and our place in it.
In hisNitraexhibition, Ford continues to work with themes and phenomena which he has been dealing with for many years. He frequently creates complex site-specific installations where he explores human living spaces; he creates new contexts in the perception of architectural space where future blends with past and subjective experiences mix with universal ideas.
John W. Ford (1958) was born in Nigeria, lived majority of his life in USA; currently living in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where he is an assistant professor at the School of the Arts, McMaster University. He studied art at Southeast Missouri State University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He held academic positions at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland; Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WA, USA; University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, USA. He exhibited in the US, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Russia and Poland. His works are in represented in public collections in the US, Canada, UAE, and Italy and in numerous private collections.