The Art of Gary Horn

ABOUT

Gary Horn‘s series of works, which, on one level at least, address the reasons for, and effects of, human conflict. They are not merely personal artistic visions that probe the depth of individual consciousness, but are a call for an investigation of the greater social consciousness and the modern condition of the terror inherent in the culture of war, of blind faith in political ideology, of lost freedoms, and perhaps of a failed utopia.

Horn’s paintings are dizzying spectacles of symbolic elements that amount to profound visual declarations, realizations, visions, dreams and truths that act within an interchange of personal and social realism which engages the viewer in the greater discourse of our role as participants in a society where participation often seems futile and the continued abuse of powers thrive on the blind nationalism of a populace weaned on violence and thus, continual and ever greater suffering.

Night Journey mines not only a contemporary visual language, but is layered with historical artistic references as well, which further serve to enrich the artist’s complex ideology. Picasso’s Guernica, Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s Amazing Juggler, elements of Dürer, Michelangelo, Ray Johnson and more. These claustrophobic compositions of interwoven elements; figures (sometimes transparent and ghostly, yet always weighted with purpose), uncanny spaces… fractured scenes, surreal moments in time exposed not in photographic singularity, but in dreamscapes of shifting histories where clarity of visual narrative is elusive, yet also seemingly stable. Like dreams, there is a contrast of instances that one can feel acutely, yet always seem to be just out of reach. Like nightmares, they are paralyzed scenarios of the effects of living in a culture of fear, hatred, and greed: of a humanity that is imprisoned by inequality, complacency, denial, and powerlessness, fumbling for answers in the dark.

It has been said that in the realm of dreams alone humanity is allowed freedom. These poignant works are records of troubled sleep. Yet perhaps within them there can also be found the path toward a universal awareness, the longing for a distant assurance not yet out of reach… the journey towards a light of hope to be realized upon awakening.

ARTIST STATEMENT

There are no words, degrees, titles or certificates that can authenticate an artist.  Merit can only be measured by the skill and visual thoughts presented in a work of art.  Therefore   the successes and failures are there for all to see and measure.  It is the Viewer, culture and time that determines the worth and value of the contribution of the artist.  I n the studio I focus on what can be controlled which is always the attempt to make a work of art that is technically sound and express my thoughts, experiences and personal interpretations of reality.
The same is true in teaching.  There are no degrees or certificates that can authenticate the teacher. Only a student can effectively measure the Success or failure of the instructor by the knowledge that is shared and gained and to the degree of success of their own work.  As an instructor it is my job to meet the individual needs of my students.  To listen visually.

SUGGESTED READING

CONSCIOUSNESS EXPLAINED by Daniel C. Dennett
CONSCIOUSNESS A USER’S GUIDE by Adam Zeman
THE ACT OF CREATION by Arthur Koestler
THE DYNAMICS OF CREATION by Anthony Storr
TOUCHED WITH FIRE, Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison Ph.D
CREATING MINDS, An anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi by Howard Gardner
THE PASSION OF THE WESTERN MIND, Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View by Richard Tarnas
PHILOSOPHY 100 ESSENTIAL THINKERS by Philip Stokes
THE WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA by Arthur Schopenhauer
CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON by Immanuel Kant
PHILOSOPHIES OF ART AND BEAUTY Selected readings in aesthetics from Plato to Heidegger Edited by Albert Hofstadter and Richard Kuhns
VISUAL THINKING by Rudolf Arnheim
FORMULAS FOR PAINTERS by Robert Massey
COLOR CODES by Charles A. Riley
KANDINSKY COMPLETE WRITINGS ON ART Edited by Kenneth C. Lindsay and Perer Vergo
ITTEN THE ELEMENTS OF COLOR Edited by Faber Birren
THE ART OF COLOR by Johannes Itten
THE INTERACTION OF COLOR by Josef Albers
THE POWER OF THE CENTER A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts by Rudolf Arnheim
CHANGING IMAGES OF PICTORIAL SPACE:  A History of Spatial Illusion in Painting
OIL PAINTING Techniques and Material byHarold Speed
COLOR AND HUMAN RESPONSE by Faber Birren
THE PRACTICE AND SCIENCE OF DRAWING by Harold Speed
THE PRACTICE OF TEMPERA PAINTING: Materials and Methods by Daniel V. Thompson Jr.
VARASI ON TECHNIQUE
LEON BATTISTA ALBERTI ON PAINTING
LEONARDO ON PAINTING Edited by Martin Kemp
THE CREATORS by Daniel J. Boorstin
THE MEASURE OF REALITY Quantification and Western Society, 1250-1600 by Alfred W. Crosby
A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN by Virginia Woolf
MOMENTS OF BEING by Virginia Woolf

INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS

Virginia Woolf  – Marcel Proust  – James Joyce – Johannes Vermeer – El Greco – Rembrandt – Vincent Van Gogh – Henry Matisse – Pablo Picasso – Philip Guston – Manet – Kandinsky – Jasper Johns – Paul Klee – George Inness – T. S. Elliott