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Spotlight Lecture » State of the Art artist John Salvest

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art,  Bentonville, AR
Friday, October 31, 2014
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“Friday, November 7, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Jonesboro, Arkansas-based artist John Salvest works with found objects and multiples of objects, ranging from used paperback romance novels to expired pills, library stamps, and shipping crates. His practice transforms these everyday objects through accumulation and combination into thought-provoking works of art.”

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Objects of Inspiration

Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Sunday, September 14, 2014
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“He values its place in society as a harmless addiction for the lovelorn and as an instrument of art. Salvest, an art professor at Arkansas State University for more than two decades, works in large quantities of found objects, creating meaningful art from otherwise mundane materials -- like well-worn paperback romance novels.

For his 2013 work Forever, he stacked some 4,000 of them on a three-sided wall mount to spell out the title in red against a mostly cream-colored background of book spines.”

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State of the Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art,  Bentonville, AR
Friday, July 11, 2014
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I'm happy to announce my inclusion in this exhibition of contemporary American art at Crystal Bridges Musem.

State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, brings together the work of more than 100 artists in an unprecedented exploration of the power of today's American art. The exhibition will reach beyond the boundaries of the Museum's temporary exhibition spaces, extending into the permanent collection galleries and activating public and community areas indoors and out.

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Disappearing Ink - Gallery Talk

Art Museum at the Univeristy of Memphis
Friday, July 4, 2014

Thanks to the Arkansas State University Center for Digital Initiatives for putting together this video of my gallery talk at the University of Memphis. The exhibition ran from April 5 - June 28, 2014.

Disappearing Ink is an exhibition of printed ephemera recording our stories, history and cultural memory. Print media is disappearing and being replaced by ever mutating digital media. For more than 200 years news media have documented our histories. How will we capture our memories in 2050?

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Click here to view panoramic images of the exhibition.

Nexus, Sexus, Plexus

dashboard CO-OP,  Atlanta, GA
Sunday, June 28, 2014
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Nexus, Sexus, Plexus is a series of 3 exhibitions loosely inspired by The Rosy Crucifixion, the controversial trilogy by Henry Miller written at a time when the author was grappling with personal transition and artistic anxieties.

Taking from the trilogy's structure, as well as Miller's existential reflection and faculty of language, has become a way for Dash to reference our own organizational trajectory, pull in three newly-minted Dash spaces, and invite artists to respond to themes of transition, craft, and connectivity.

Each individual exhibition and book within the series references a network or lineage. Each artistic detail supports it's location, informs the next step, and, ultimately, determines the shape of the overall exhibition. The artists and artworks were selected systemically, each of them informing the other, referencing the book, and developing a chronology and storyline.

Click here to view the exhibition announcement (PDF)