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Artist represented by Catharine Clark Gallery. Independant. Complex. Moody. Quiet. Loud. Warm. Sensual. Present. Open. Awkward. Opinionated. Passionate. Sexual. Dreamer.
About my artwork
Strict polar gender identifications have been used to control and confine us, even persecute us, for millennia. We are at last breaking out into a fuller appreciation of the breadth and power of the multi-dimensionality of the gender spectrum.

My work explores the vast space between those rigid gender identities, through fine graphite renderings that are then cut and reapplied to birth a new identity. I am moved by the remarkable brave individuals I encounter who are exploring uncharted territories. They risk so much by just expressing their true selves, breaking free from the highly constrained paradigm of male vs. female. Lately I am fascinated by the existence of Intersex people and their unique histories and trajectories.

I blend elements of images from hyper-real sources like pornography and fashion with those of everyday people, juxtaposing female and male aspects. I then lens these with subtle distortions to generate an underlying visual tension in the overall image. After intricately rendering them in graphite on paper, I then excise each key element and reassemble them into the final layered composition. My goal is to evoke both a resonance and confrontation with viewers of my work.
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At 13:02 on February 10, 2010, Ingmars Usas said…
Exelent work! Very nice drawings!
At 15:05 on April 7, 2009, vera goulart said…
JONATHAN!...HI !. i like your sexual dreams artist!..dramatic too!..but funny! ..inquietante !...I LIKE SO MUCH !......
At 12:25 on November 12, 2008, The Divine Mother Hubbard- Idiosynchronist said…
Dark and wild, just how I like it. Idiosynchronism?
At 1:59 on November 6, 2008, Yelena Tylkina said…
very good...
At 9:17 on September 8, 2008, Federico Cortese said…
my compliments for your works!
At 20:58 on July 7, 2008, Alejandro Colín Arriaga said…
Felicidades Jonathan

Su trabajo además de buena calidad técnica, realmente logra el cometido de resonancia y confrontación, es verdaderamente inquietante y mórbido.

Congratulations Jonathan

Its work in addition to good technical quality, really obtains the resonance assignment and confrontation, is truely disquieting and mórbido.
At 21:19 on June 7, 2008, tony south said…
brilliantly executed edgy work.
At 1:16 on May 26, 2008, Mik Godley said…
Crikey, these new ones (Darkness & Stains) are very different. Things must be moving for you - always good, I think.
At 15:30 on May 12, 2008, Linda Dennis said…
Beautiful work.
At 15:43 on March 30, 2008, James Ehlers said…
some pretty wild stuff...very very well done. thanks for messaging me


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