Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Anna Pierrepont pictures published in the 2014 Second Issue of Slag Magazine, entitled 'Return

Works from the Anna Pierrepont Series were published in a beautiful new issue of Slag Magazine, along with works that concern the idea of 'return'. The creator of Slag Magazine envisions Slag Magazine as a portal for artistic dialog. All of the contributing artists' emails are listed towards the front of the issue and readers are encouraged to reach out to contributing artists and engage in conversation about the themes raised in their submittals. My theme was figurative funerary monuments in Greenwood Cemetery that celebrate the essential identities of the deceased. Check 'em out and contribute to the conversation! http://issuu.com/jonhenry5/docs/slagmagissue2final


In these latest images that I have created for the Anna Pierrepont Project are investigations of color. I called the images in the last posting, whites because I love to draw marble sculptures that are framed against magnificent neoclassical civic buildings such as the Customs House in Manhattan's Battery and the Appellate Division next to Madison Square Park. Europe, of course, is thick with sculptures of this sort and NYC only has a handful. I love these motifs because it enables me to explore the colors that dance in front of my field of vision. These new postings are explorations of color and I am quite excited about them.
Whenever I have an opportunity, I return to the Battery to draw the allegorical figures of the continents by the Customs House. This is Asia framed against the green windows of the quite undistinguished Two Broadway. Worked at One Broadway for a decade and these green windows were a visual touchstone of my life.
At Bronx Community College, is the Hall of Fame Gallery where I have returned repeatedly to draw the bronze busts of great Americans framed against yellow and brunt orange bricks of adjacent buildings and a barrel vaulted, beige covered arcade. The windows behind the busts reflect blue instead of the green of Two Broadway.