I wanted to catch the final day of the Jasper Johns exhibition, ‘Something Resembling Truth’ so I went over to RA and read up some of the writing. Johns had said, ‘my use of objects comes out of, originally, thinking of the painting as an object and considering the materialistic aspect of painting: seeing that painting was paint on a canvas , and then by extension seeing that it occupied a space that sat on a wall.’ As such, Johns presents the canvas as an object. I innately agree with this but have a more pressing concern with the subjective object as a frame of reference that is a continuance of the semiotic relationship of things (neither a beginning or an ending). I think where Johns strives to make the familiar unfamiliar, I look to make the unfamiliar familiar (family).
by: Chase Szakmary