Achieving Necessity – Arithmetic Constructions
John is one of the most innovative and intellectual sculptors of the postmodern era. He
explores complicated materials, constructions and techniques with the motivation of an
Einstein mixed with the brilliant alchemy of idea and creation.
All of the sculptures in this show were cast in urethane resin. I was fascinated to learn that
their subtle and sensuous colors derive not from the paint tube but rather from the resin and
other industrial materials. The colors can range within a single sculpture from dense, coal-
like blacks to wax-bean yellows to a whitishness that is nearly transparent, like a patch of ice.
Some of the pieces are coated in what appears to be a mossy green patina –which, Duff
explained to me, has nothing to do with bronze and everything to do with Turtle car wax,
which the artist uses liberally in the casting process.
Since 2006, John has been honored with over 18 One Man exhibitions in prestigious
galleries in the U.S. as well as 23 group exhibitions.
Inside the Kepler - Conjecture ll - 2010 - Urethane Resin and Steel - 54" x 15" 15"
Pillar of Salt - 2013 - Polyurethane Resin & Steel 81 1/2" x 38" x 38"
Two Moves - 2015 - Polyurethane Resin & Steel - 25" x 91" x 28"
Conjoined Hexagon - 2015 - Polyester, Urethane Resin & Steel - 21 1/2" x 76" x 57"
Dos Equis - 2015 - Polyurethane Resin & Steel - 60" x 144" x 45"
Dust Devil - 2015 - Urethane & Steel - 55 1/4" x 19" x 19"
His works are in the permanent collections of the following selected museums:
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christie, TX
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Fisher Landau Center For Art, New York, NY
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Kaiser-Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Museum of Fine Art Houston, Houston, TX
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The Tokyo International Forum Art Collection (“A Boat Diversity”), Japan
Tuscon Museum of Art, Tuscon, AZ
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY