Detail With False Colour Dense Field
silver crystals, acrylic, glue, paper
42 x 30 in
John Noestheden’s art making includes public art commissions, public performance works and works on paper. For 20 years, he has been producing a body of large-scale works on paper. The conceptual focus of this ongoing investigation is the representation of the universe. His media include acrylic ink and paint, thousands of silver crystals (Swarovski) and titanium ore. Source materials include photo-mediated transcriptions of images extracted from star maps, Hubble photographs, Vincent Van Gogh’s skies and historical astronomy documents. The artist considers each crystal work a unique spectacle - a hallelujah chorus.
John Noestheden was born in Amsterdam in 1945 and moved to Canada in 1951. He received his BFA in 1973 from the University of Windsor and his MFA in 1975 from Tulane University in New Orleans. Noestheden has completed public art commissions for: Asper Jewish Community Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Cineplex Odeon, Houston, Texas; City of Regina, Saskatchewan; City of Jinan, China; Skydome CP Hotel, Toronto, Ontario; Nuit Blanche 08, Toronto, Ontario; STADTHIMMEL (CitySky), Basel Switzerland.