"It's all Alchemy & Witchcraft, mixed with a bit of beauty & humor. If done correctly then you Magic."
Making art is a strange thing. Artists have an idea, a feeling, a spark and put paint to
canvas, clay to form, notes to music and pen to paper. We try to communicate this idea
in the hope that the viewer, listener or reader “gets it”. Getting it is where it all goes to
hell. Why do we even have to “get it”?
Today the world is filled with such negativity and the access to it is a fingertip away.
There are artists that relate their frustration through their work that is sometimes
incredibly uplifting and beautiful and sometimes...well, completely depressing and
emotionally heavy. The artist and the recipient have different ideas, different thought
patterns going on. Sometimes, most of the time in the case of my work it’s very simple; I
want you to create a story. I want you the viewer to leave feeling... happy.
This new body of work is for you to have ideas and stories. Your own Myths and
Fables . Don’t be caught up in what the artist has to say but be part of the story and the
artwork you see before you. Make believe is a wonderful place to live.
Jon Gernon is a painter, printmaker and independent curator living in the Eastside of Historic
Troy, NY. His current works focus on creating modern day fables, allegories and lore.
Jon is a former gallerist and gallery director with over 25 five years of curating and designing
exhibitions. His personal work has been included in over seventy group and solo exhibitions
including at the Attleboro Arts Museum (Attleboro, MA), The Morris Graves Museum (Eureka,
CA), The Hyde Collection (Glens Falls, NY), The George Segal Gallery at Montclair State
University (Montclair, NJ). The Kinsey Institute at Indiana State University (Bloomington, In). In
2015 his work was part of the traveling Contemporary Magic Realism Exhibition in Denmark,
England, and the United States.
His work has been written about and published in American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur,
Art Alternative, Juxtapoz, Southwest Art, Artscope, Wallstreet International, Hyperallergic.