Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art
JOHN DANN   

John Dann
'Variations of Entropy'
click to view video interview




John Dann - Untitled (591.1)
Untitled (591.1)
60 x 60 Inches  
acrylic on baltic birch

wall-mounted sculpture



I do not find words can reveal much about a work of art, rather they tend to obscure and limit one's perception. The attempted homogeneity of verbal concepts can repress first instincts and the personal for the viewer.

Entropy is universal, ubiquitous and essential. It is the action of life, change, chaos, evolution, randomness over time.
It is the definition of changing, a sudden breaking of a plate, or a seemingly endless cosmic exchange.

To ponder entropy is to ponder our concepts of change: decay, loss, growth, transformation, death, etc. and to ponder our reactions to that change.

Was it some forty years ago that a man smashed the face and arm of the Pieta by Michelangelo in The Vatican? The sculpture was repaired and a plexiglass dome was put over it. What does this say about humanity?

We could not accept that change, nor a challenge to our notion that the sculpture was anything but eternal. It was shortly after this sculpture was finished by Michelangelo, that the partially destroyed Laocoon was discovered, with Michelangelo present at its excavation. This sculpture and similar ones, like the fragmentary Torso Belvedere, were to transform his concept of sculpture and give full expression to his art. Let us also keep in mind that he himself smashed the arm and face of a later Pietà which is in the Florentine Duomo, (also partlty repaired) and that his last work, The Pietà Rondanini, is in essence a testament to entropy, a fragmentary, whittled down, ode to creation and destruction...

Without, I think, excessively influencing the viewers personal reaction, I can say that these works are expressions of entropy. There are elements here of the random, the chaotic, destruction, newness and the ever evolving, ever changing state of change.




John Dann - Cordova I
Cordova I
60 x 48 Inches  
acrylic on baltic birch



John Dann - Cordova II
Cordova II
28 x 36 Inches  
acrylic on baltic birch



John Dann - Cordova III
Cordova III
60 x 60 Inches  
acrylic on baltic birch



John Dann - Cordova V
Cordova V
22 x 23.75 Inches  
acrylic on baltic birch



John Dann - Cordova VI
Cordova VI
60 x 57 Inches  
acrylic on baltic birch



John Dann - Cordova VII
Cordova VII
60 x 36 Inches  
acrylic on baltic birch



John Dann - Cordova VIII
Cordova VIII
28.5 x 32 Inches  
acrylic on baltic birch
Sold 



John Dann - Cordova IX
Cordova IX
32 x 31.5 x 3.75 Inches  
acrylic on aluminum

wall-mounted sculpture



John Dann - Cordova X
Cordova X
60 x 60 Inches  
acrylic on aluminum

wall-mounted sculpture



John Dann - Cordova XI
Cordova XI
32.25 x 31.75 x 3.75 Inches  
acrylic on aluminum

wall-mounted sculpture



John Dann - Cordova XII
Cordova XII
45 x 52 Inches  
Acrylic on Stainless Steel

wall-mounted sculpture



John Dann - Contiguous Sword and Sky
Contiguous Sword and Sky
60 x 60 Inches  
acrylic on baltic birch



John Dann - Balance (variation 1 of 3)
Balance (variation 1 of 3)
43 x 40 Inches  
acrylic on aluminum

wall-mounted sculpture



John Dann - Fifteen Footer (variation 1 of 3)
Fifteen Footer (variation 1 of 3)
175.25 x 72 Inches  
acrylic on aluminum

wall-mounted sculpture



John Dann - Untitled Colour
Untitled Colour
60 x 60 Inches  
acrylic on baltic birch



John Dann - Thrice
Thrice
61.5 x 112 Inches  
acrylic on baltic birch

wall-mounted sculpture



John Dann - Between (2 of 3)
Between (2 of 3)
36 x 68.5 Inches  
acrylic on aluminum

wall-mounted sculpture



John Dann - Blue Squiggle
Blue Squiggle
35.75 x 53 Inches  
acrylic on baltic birch



John Dann - Untitled (601.6)
Untitled (601.6)
12 x 12 Inches  
acrylic on board



John Dann - Untitled (601.7)
Untitled (601.7)
12 x 12 Inches  
acrylic on board



John Dann - Untitled (601.8)
Untitled (601.8)
12 x 12 Inches  
acrylic on board



John Dann - Untitled (601.9)
Untitled (601.9)
12 x 12 Inches  
acrylic on board



John Dann - Untitled (594.2)
Untitled (594.2)
24 x 24 Inches  
acrylic on canvas



John Dann - Arbutus I
Arbutus I
60 x 60 Inches  
oil on baltic birch



John Dann - Arbutus II
Arbutus II
60 x 60 Inches  
acrylic on baltic birch



John Dann - Urban Song II
Urban Song II
47 x 17 Inches  
Acrylic on Stainless Steel

wall-mounted sculpture



John Dann - Urban Song
Urban Song
24 x 24 Inches  
Acrylic on Stainless Steel

wall-mounted sculpture

to see more work by John Dann click here.
to view John Dann's bio click here.
 

Tel: 604.736.3282   Email: gallery@elliottlouis.com
Copyright 2017 Elliott Louis Gallery Inc.