Pushing the Press

Jon Swindler

bio Jon Swindler is an associate professor of art and associate director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the Univer- sity of Georgia in Athens. He holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art and art education from Fort Hays State Universi- ty in Hays, Kansas, and a master’s degree in studio art from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Over the last several years, he has exhibited his work in numerous solo, competitive, and invitational exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Jon has also performed visiting artist workshops and lectures at various institutions, including, the Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri; HDK School of Design and Craft, Dals Långed, Sweden; and the Society of North- ern Alberta Print Artists, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. artist’s statement An essential byproduct of my creative activity is an abun- dance of printed remnants, or visual leftovers. Accumulated failures, incidents, and accidents (on paper) acquire involun- tary visual connotations. Surfaces possessing this quality are continually reprinted or recycled, creating unforeseen visual phenomena and fluctuating conceptual circumstances. In the studio, the act of making (for me) is a contradictory one, at once highly systematic, yet randomized. Everything derived out of my creative production is considered relevant and nothing superfluous. The plates and prints I generate are regarded as components, not images. These compo- nents are combined to create naturally contrasting states of visual information; transitions of technique, mark, color, and content that is born out of unedited studio activity. Out of this process, I seek to develop works of art, which feel by contrast calculated, intentional, and well crafted.

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