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John Rose

Los Angeles, CA

My sculptures are constructed from laminated poplar wood. It is an additive way of working by building up thin strips of wood to create lyrical twisting convoluted forms. Each of my works has a feeling of fluidity that is inspired by natural phenomena, calligraphy, and scientific information. My inspiration has always been grounded in the almost invisible, but powerful fundamental compounds of our world: DNA spirals, protein formations and string theory.
I lived and worked in Hong Kong before I arrived in Los Angeles. I travelled extensively throughout Asia and the Pacific, absorbing many different cultures and exploring on land and underwater for several years.
The use of all this information has enabled me to produce works that are distilled into a pure essence, each possessing an elegant and enigmatic quality.
My works also reference a dichotomy, oppositions of the natural and the geometric, stability and mobility, sharp and blunt, occupying positive and negative space. During construction, I am able to express my feelings of places and memories and allow the material to follow its natural inclination.
I refer to my works as ‘amalgams’ because they are such mixtures of information fused together. The breadth of my established vocabulary has grown from my recent travels and is reflected in my current creations. They are now blending together to produce something new and exciting, something that hasn’t been seen before.
Wescover creator since 2019

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