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Hard-Edged and Fiercely Political: Media Art by John Douglas

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John Douglas’s artwork spans different decades and media, though it’s always hard-edged and fiercely political. Specializing primarily in film and media-based works, John uses his work to express his experience and constantly changing knowledge of the world.


A photograph of a text-based art piece advocating anti violenceNo Killing, print

Getting his start in political filmmaking, John has frequently used his filmmaking to explore cultural issues through the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and onward. After getting drafted into the military the artist was able to use his work as an outlet for those experiences and a way of working through the personal alongside the political.


A screen capture of John Douglas' art and film


More recently in his practice, John has taken to working with digital animation and three-dimensional modeling. Computer generated trees and rocks are common motifs in a number of his recent pieces, and the slightly uncanny way that he renders these forms showcases the artist’s intense observation of his environment and his consciousness of moments outside of his films. 


A digital image of a ring of floating rocksUntitled, digital

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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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