Pattern Recognition by JJ Horner @ Megaphone PHX, Phoenix [21 April]

Pattern Recognition by JJ Horner

19:00 - 21:00

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Megaphone PHX
4700 N. Central Avenue Suite 112, Phoenix, Arizona 85012
April 21, 7 — 9PM
Opening Reception: Pattern Recognition by JJ Horner with music by Pines of Torrey!

April 22, 2 — 6PM
Pyramid Country pop-up shop and ping-pong tournament

JJ Horner has created a vast universe of personal symbols and archetypes that find their way to the surface of his paintings. Always beginning with free-form ideas, he visualizes elements (influenced by everything from conceptual art, skate culture, illustration, and family history) and puts them to canvas in a gesture reminiscent of surrealist automatic drawings. For his ‘sectional’ pieces, he creates large painted studies that are then graphed out in alphanumeric order and ‘cut’ top to bottom, left to right on a grid. He works to ensure they do not resemble the original piece, that he opens himself to randomness, chance, the subconscious, where new layers of meaning emerge. Transforming one panel at a time, individual sections become both contained compositions and elements of a larger one. Once complete, he titles the piece based on thematic threads, or patterns, that have revealed themselves in the process. This interplay between structure and flow state, of finding resolution in shape, form, and thought, are a hallmark of Horner’s practice and body of work.
In the monumental Vessel in Passing # 3, Horner populates a dense landscape with figures, natural elements morphing into animal forms, and urban scenes over thirty-two sectionals. Presented at mural-scale, the piece is a culmination of Horner’s ‘street surrealism’; a dream-like blending of personal imagery and unresolved stories.

JJ HORNER was born in 1982 in Wilmar, MN, home of Jenny O Turkey. At thirteen, he started skateboarding, where he found a tight-knit culture of art and music that changed his trajectory forever. He moved to Arizona in 1998, eventually earning an Associate’s degree from the Art Institute of Phoenix in multimedia web design. After a severe skateboarding injury, he turned his attention full-time to art-making, with a focus on painting. In 2012, he formed Pyramid Country with Bobby Green and Jackson Casey, a skateboarding-centric production and apparel company.

@jojamhorner @pyramidcountry @megaphonephx
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