John Zurier

John Zurier (American, b.1956) is a Contemporary artist best known for his abstract, luminous canvases that use hand-mixed colors. Born in Santa Monica, CA, Zurier received his BA and MFA from the University of California, Berkeley.
His work is exhibited internationally, most recently at Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin (2016) and Stockholm (2015); Peter Blum Gallery, New York (2015), and the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley (2014). He participated in Biennals around the world, among them the 30th São Paulo Biennial in São Paulo (2012), the 7th Gwangju Biennial in South Korea (2008), and the Whitney Biennial (2002). His work can be found in numerous public collections in the United States and Europe, most notably the Berkeley Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
In John Zurier’s works, seemingly monochromatic surfaces evolve into visual poetry. His language is minimal and at the same time very distinct: linear elements build up space through an interaction of presence and absence.
In the summer of 2016, Zurier investigated the technique of line etching as a way of drawing on the plate: ‘What I was looking for in these prints was a slow and variable light. What I found was a way to bring drawings to the surface.’ He effortlessly translates his artistic practice as a painter from canvas to copper plate to make the very process of printmaking visible: The marks in the plate, executed by brush or needle, become evident; the force with which the paper is pressed into the indentations is almost palpable. The three-dimensionality of ink sitting on paper, the rich texture of the surfaces, the physical material at hand becomes the topic of a meditation on color and surface.

 

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