March 29 – April 28, 2013
Squeeze Play is the upcoming exhibition at Five Points Gallery of artist John
Willis’s recent drawings, prints and paintings. Inspired by architectural
structures such as bridges, tobacco barns, fences, and shipping crates, Willis
explores the inevitable defects and deterioration of these constructions to
comment on the precariousness and fragility of contemporary life.
His motifs juggle iconic images and dense explorations of space, balancing an overall sense of power with feelings of instability and ambiguity. Using a range of media, Willis “squeezes” and stretches his motifs to extract imagery that convey both equilibrium and dissidence.
(Mr. Willis lives and works as an artist in West Hartford, CT, has shown nationally, and is a member of the Printmaking Department faculty at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford.)