ARCADE is pleased to presents John Finneran's works in occasion of the fourth edition of DAMA (30.10.19 - 3.11.19) This year DAMA curated art fair took place at Palazzo Coardi di Carpeneto, Turin, Italy.
The room was shared with Cassina Projects showing Gert & Ube Tobias' work.
'Sometimes I look at an image and remember that I used to worry about death a lot when I was a kid. Not like the process of dying or illness but the impossibility of comprehending not existing anymore. So if I’ve made something like this that is very simple but kind of difficult to understand in any specific way I just assume that’s what I was thinking of. This used to have features, like an eye and a nose and a mouth but I painted them out which made it a kind of mirror which is what this image is to me. Thinking about my inability to comprehend how I won’t exist reminds me of the uncanny feeling of looking in a mirror too long at night.'
John Finneran, December 2018
'Much like the best pictures of the high Avant-garde, from mid-Manet to late-Mondrian, John’s work is about a world of colour, about a world of line, about a world of paint-as-trueground; there is the magic of the picture, the appearance of the Other Side on the face of the painting. We have learned to look at a painting; we have learned to love that looking-at; we come to love certain things about painting(s); the love runs very deep. I could mention Laura Owens’ recent work, but John’s work as a cool (like a breeze, not like a person) melancholy that makes me more at home. I like home. The history of painting is my home. John’s a good host.'
Darren Bader From: Artist’s Favourite, Spike Magazine, Spring 2013, page 26