2022 EXHIBITIONS AT THE FIREHOUSE ART CENTER
JONO WRIGHT: MEMENTO VIVRE
Within the tradition of still life painting there is a sub-genre called vanitas or memento mori, meaning “reminder of death”. The idea is that these paintings remind us of the impermanence of life and that we should take advantage of our time. That sentiment takes on new meaning in the current zeitgeist. We live in a time of great upheaval and could use a reminder of what we love and what gives us life, memento vivere.
After the Marshall Fire, we look at our belongings through a new lense, through a lense of potential loss and impermanence. We ask ourselves what objects are important to us? What would we take with us if we needed to leave our homes suddenly? What objects remind us about the most important aspects of our lives?
Through this exhibition I’m suggesting that we re-contextualize the still life genre within the realm of the spiritual, so that still lives become altars, altars that remind us to live, memento vivere.
Jono Wright is a Colorado painter who creates art that explores ideas about spirituality and the creative process. He believes in discovering the meaning in his work during the creative process rather than illustrating a preconceived idea. Portraying subject matter such as plant life, people and objects, he intertwines Buddhist philosophy, Western psychology and ritual theory, fusing traditional genres of landscape, figure, still life and abstraction into unique contemporary forms.
SEPT 9, 2022- OCT 2, 2022
RISKY BUSINESS: CURATED BY JONO WRIGHT
FEATURING WORKS BY TRINE BUMILLER, MELISSA FURNESS, KEVIN SLOAN, IAN MCLAUGHLIN, AND MICHAEL FRAZIER
This exhibition showcases artwork that embraces creative risk-taking. “Brains are maximally creative when they trade security for surprise, routine for the unknown. But those mental leaps come with a cost: they are risky.” No matter what genre or mode of production, an artist’s practice can get predictable and safe and thus lose its novelty and vitality. The artwork included in this exhibition is the result of experimentation and fearless adventuring beyond the known and comfortable
SEPT 9, 2022- OCT 2, 2022.