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Esoteric and Visceral: The Art Portfolio of John Douglas


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Filmmaker and mixed media artist John Douglas has built up a portfolio that spans decades and is packed with work both esoteric and visceral. John’s works often focus on social and economic issues sometimes in a frank way and other times with undercurrents of meaning that leave the exact message up for interpretation.


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I find John’s work with computer imaging and digital modelling rather intriguing. As we discussed in our previous feature of John’s hard-edged and fiercely political artwork, the artist often uses trees and rocks as motifs, creating detailed, realistic models of these figures and repeating them or grouping numerous models together in a scene. The compositions that John builds with these digital figures seem slightly surreal; they’re dreamlike and off-kilter, especially when combined with sound elements.


A screen capture of John Douglas' art portfolio websitewww.douglaswork.com

 

John’s soundtracks for his digital films are discordant and even eerie – combined with shadowy, intertwining tree branches, strains of digitized violin and piano seem straight out of a ghost story or uneasy dream.

 

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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