01.10 — 02.13.16
John Phillip Abbott
January 10 – February 13, 2016
In Turquoise Sunset, John Phillip Abbott looks for ideas in collections of marks and stains. Working on unstretched canvas, he begins with an idea that evolves over time. The words used are diaristic but intended to be open to multiple readings. Their shapes stabilize the ground and organize the space. He considers these paintings more found than made. John reflects on this work in a brand new interview for New American Paintings.
John Phillip Abbott received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin in 2007 and a BFA from Western New Mexico University. The primary focus of his work has been to explore the relationship between text and image. Recent exhibitions include I Shall Be Free No.10, a solo-exhibition at Galerie Bertrand in Geneva, Switzerland; and group shows at Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn and Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Abbott was also included in This One’s Optimistic: Pincushion at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut, curated by Cary Smith as well as PRTY PPL at Circuit 12 in Dallas, curated by Josh Reames. John lives and works in Silver City, New Mexico.