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Needles & Jon Clue: "Theatralischer tod"

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Exhibition Dates: 
11.08.14 - 12.31.14

Sacred Gallery NYC is pleased to announce:
"Theatralischer Tod"
The art of Jon Clue & Needles
Opening: November 8th. 8-11pm
On Display: 11.8.14 - 12.31.14

Jon Clue:
Artist Statement

The universe does not work like a machine... It is however human nature to make order of chaos...
If we could just let go of this need, and surrender ourselves to the true organic nature of the universe, we will become one with it, it will flow freely through us, as we traverse freely through it...

Jon Clue began tattooing in the summer of 1993 in Selden, N.Y. and since has traveled far and wide tattooing alongside and collaborating with some of the most sought after artists in the industry. His work has appeared in countless trade publications, tattoo conventions, and art galleries worldwide. His imaginative style and close attention to detail and texture can easily be recognized in his unique approach in rendering vividly colored bio-organic, cosmic landscapes appropriately inhabited by critters ranging from slithering reptilians, to slimy amphibians, or denizens of the deep sea with glowing appendages, or on the darker side of life with images of skulls and bones that also appear
to be bleak landscapes that you may have seen in a terrifying nightmare.

Needles: Cinematic Nostalgia
Artist Statement
From a young age I was enthralled by cinema, which, to me, was like watching moving paintings. Through the viewing of films, I was constantly inspired to create, leading me to explore more of what cinema had to offer for the sole purpose of expanding my inspirations to create art. I began painting in oils over twenty years ago as an art student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. As the years went on I transitioned into many different mediums to create my art, abandoning oil altogether. In many cases I employed several mediums within the same piece; creating on paper, board, cardboard, wood, or anything I could get my hands on, yet was always drawn back to the idea of working on canvas with one medium alone. Fast forward to present time, where I have come full circle and gone back to the beginnings of my career to re-explore oil paint once again. These works are the culmination of my efforts to re-familiarize myself with the versatile medium of oil paint over the last few months, only to fall deeply in love with the application of oil on canvas. Returning to this amazing medium has opened up a whole new world to me artistically, just as film opened up my eyes to the possibilities of a creative individual.
Film has been such a source of inspiration for me that it was inevitable that it would be the subject of my newest series of oil paintings, focusing on portraiture. Many of the characters and films represented in this series have some deep personal meaning to me, compelling me to paint them. I feel they express my admiration for both film and art. Without my exposure to them, I would not be the artist that I am today. Some of the recurring themes in this series revolve around the dichotomy of hyper-realism and the deconstruction of form. Light, shadow, and texture combined with the marriage of focus or lack there of are the vital components of this series. All of these elements coexist to elicit a nostalgic emotional response upon viewing.
The very first medium I can recall experimenting with would have to be Prismacolor/colored pencil. I’ve always had an affinity for the medium, even as a young child. I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to share these works alongside my oil paintings. I feel that with Prismacolor I’ve always been able to take an extremely realistic and painterly approach. I feel these pieces are great companions to the works I’ve created in oils. Both mediums showcase my love for film and art. I hope that you agree and enjoy them, as they hold a special place in my heart, not only as the artist, but as a viewer of art, as well.
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