About the Exhibition
Voss Gallery presents “In Plain Sight,” a solo exhibition of contemporary urban paintings by John Osgood that examines our perception of identity and the collective human experience. The exhibition is on view May 20 - June 20, 2020.
Cubist characters and animated birds are suspended in saturated colorscapes. Geometric shapes are compressed into intricate abstraction. Edgy and surreal, these compound compositions defy gravity and time.
In “Persevere,” a fragmented figure fights the foreground to connect with viewers. Multiple eyes and facial features compete for recognition amongst a myriad of colors and patterns. A commanding presence, the subject dares to be identified.
Osgood embeds subtle clues within each work in the form of text and symbols. Perhaps these broken words are memories of a personal past–or a glimpse into an idealized future? Ripe for interpretation, “In Plain Sight” is a potent reminder that different viewers see different facets–as reflected, refracted, and bonded by our own internal lives.
“The process of creation is cathartic; akin to journaling. I use texture, layering, and vibrant colors along with words and symbols to produce a story. While the majority of paintings in this body of work have a representational side to them, the backgrounds have hidden gems waiting for deeper inspection. While my paintings are deeply personal, I paint them to be interpreted in various ways. My intention is to find commonality in the human experience and what connects us all.” –John Osgood.
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