Hashimoto Contemporary is proud to present “Imprints”, a solo exhibition of new work by local artist John Wentz. A reflection on process and abstraction, Wentz’s latest series of paintings perforates the structure of the classic portrait by exploring a visual breakdown of information. Playing with the viewer’s own projection onto his subjects, the artist focuses on a vulnerability and emotive recognition that seeps through each carefully rendered likeness.
Inspired by some of the art world’s most renowned contemporary portraitists, Wentz contemplated new ways to envision his practice in light of this month’s show. In the artist’s own words, “For ‘Imprints’, I took a step back to reevaluate my process. I was really motivated by a Chuck Close quote I heard in an interview recently. He was asked about achieving a certain style and said that’s kind of like putting the cart before the horse. He said, ‘style is embedded in process.’ Of course, there are elements that I’ve been exploring the last couple of years, but I wanted to take a new approach. So, I focused on process and let the image do it’s own thing.”