statement

According to Nick Bourriaud's Relational Aesthetics, art history can be characterized as dealing with man's relationship initially with the deity, then with the object and now with "inter-human relations".

My work has followed a similar progression.  My interest is in how people relate to art and the processes of perception of it, although my most recent work is moving on to the ideas we have of ourselves as individuals and our place in the universe.

I am interested in formal aesthetics, both the visual form and how we interact with it.  But just as important are ideas and the conceptual dimension of an artwork.

It is the combination of these concerns but expressed in an obsession with materiality which explains much of what I do.

John Gilbert, March 2006