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OUTSIDE THE WALL...
They say there are four kinds of people in the world.
There are men and women building walls.
There are men and women protecting walls.
There are men and woman breaching walls.
However… There are those men and women tearing down the walls.
John Chakeres however, is a man who appreciates walls.
He views them as canvases and gives life and beauty to the normally ordinary, rigid and lifeless. He doesn’t build, protect, breach or tear them down, Chakeres rather watches from a distance, looking at the big picture first and then with an aesthetic eye close to perfection finds the graceful detail, the geometrical pattern or the oddity in the single one component which might transform a wall into a piece of art, which with his artistic vision makes the world an ever so slightly more interesting place.
He takes an everyday object, mends it with his photographic tools as well as artistic spirit, gives it soul, finesse and thus makes us see what we otherwise would have ignored or otherwise missed, us ordinary people, busy building, protecting, breaching or tearing down those walls around us.
We commend this man for choosing one of the most metaphoric of all objects, stripping it bare down to its metaphysical existence and consequently giving it new purpose and relevance, simple and refreshing, what you see is what you get.
Well done , John Chakeres!
John A. Chakeres has been an artist working in photography more then 35 years. He has had numinous exhibitions of his work and also has three books of photographs published, Traces: An Investigation in Reason, 1977, D’art Objects: A Collaboration, 1978 and Random New York: An Unscripted Walk, 2008. His photographs are also in a number of permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, FR, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA and Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN. He is represented by Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX.
"I see the world as an image from which I choose parts to create my photographs. For me, a wall begins as a canvas, a two-dimensional surface, a foundation on which to build an image. Each wall is like a found object, filled with the information I incorporate into my photographs. I look at a wall and begin to dematerialize it into its basic attributes, line, form, color, and texture. As I follow the lines and as they intersect one another or other shapes I begin to build the composition in my mind. At some point I have a moment of recognition, a moment of clarity, and the composition is complete. I capture the information on the wall to later process into a final image.
The photographs I create are a result of how I think, and how I transform the information I see on a wall. They are about data acquisition, and how I visually filter and process the information of the world around me."