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Mechanical Documentation: Art by John Hovig

A painting of several disembodied irisesI-4 Study 4 (Orange), acrylic and screenprint ink on linen

Today’s featured artist is John Hovig! John has a strange and interesting body of work on his website, John’s works have a sense of mechanical documentation to them, with close-up images of bicycle gears and spokes, as well as prints of hundreds of paperclips and rulers. His CR Mandalas depict large, dense clusters of paperclips so that they look perhaps like bacterial organisms under a microscope.


A painting composed of paperclips and rulers in a wash of green

CR-239 Steel Ruler in Green, acrylic and silkscreen on linen


I love John’s Iris paintings, where the artist uses a combination of screen printing and acrylic. John isolates this interesting component of the eye to create an image that is recognizable knowing the title, but could just as easily function as a fully abstract work.


In his drawings, John uses a technique of continuous contour line to create immensely detailed abstract drawings.  He starts each of these works  with a broad stroke, which he then builds on in increasingly tiny movements.  


A screen capture of John Hovig's artist websiteJohn's website front page


A preliminary sketch for a painting with digitized bright colours and office suppliesParadise of Horribles, preliminary sketch

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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