Friday, February 12, 2010

Artist Jonathon Hexner causes a reaction

‘Twenty Bucks’ exhibition features elemental artist


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

“Boy Drinking 1/3” by Jonathon Hexner. Fuse and Ultrachrome on paper at Gail Severn Gallery.

"I am kind of obsessed with craft," said Jonathon Hexner about his show "Twenty Bucks" at the Gail Severn Gallery in Ketchum. Hexner makes his debut in Ketchum for Gallery Walk this evening from 5-8 p.m.

Hexner draws on the heaviest paper he can find and when the drawing is done he will use fuses and dynamite powder to burn the lines of his drawings. The locations where Hexner creates each work is specific to a particular concept, usually with links to personal history, art history, popular culture and notions of how events are witnessed, documented and remembered.

"I do drawings about how people are represented," he said. "After my work is lit, it's done."

At 41, Hexner has traveled the world and his family his roots to many countries including Puerto Rico. He works between Puerto Rico, Maine and Boston.

"I am very aware that I am an American," he said. "I am very interested in how our country evolved.

The use of natural elements is part of Hexner's process, whether it's burning or oxidizing. Some of his projects take years to complete because of Hexner's specifications for his projects, which include arriving at the right rust color.

Hexner will work on several bodies of work simultaneously, hop-scotching the globe, working on different drawings, sculptures, photographs and films.

"I love the idea of burning," he said. "And, it's worth people's time to watch."

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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