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abstraktAbstrakt: John Powers - God's Comic

John Powers: God's Comic, 2010
5 x 3 x 5 meters, Sculpture constructed from polystyrene blocks (site-specific unique installation)

The impenetrable geometries of John Powers’ abstract sculptures call to mind a wide range of influences, borrowing equally from art movements like postminimalism and pop culture icons like Star Wars. Meticulously constructed by hand, Power’s forms are constructed out of a limited formal vocabulary: Polystyrene blocks cut to a selection of preset sizes, attached to each other at 90 degree angles. The resulting structure gives the appearance of being a computer-aided design but is in reality the outcome of a human-executed algorithm, dictated by the artist’s intuition expressed through the repetitive action of connecting blocks.

This text is taken from the NODE10 catalogue, written by Eno Henze and Marius Watz and edited by Valérie-Françoise Vogt. Please read the introductory curator text for an overview of the exhibition topic.

abstraktAbstrakt: John Powers - God's Comic

abstraktAbstrakt: John Powers - God's Comic

abstraktAbstrakt: John Powers - God's Comic

31 Responses to “abstrakt Abstrakt: John Powers”
1. The Fox Is Black » Fat Bastard by John Powers, December 14th, 2010 at 20:12

[...] matter or expect an homage to Yoda. That’s John in the lowest image installing a recent work: Fat Bastard. What appears to be the result of complex computational processes is actually just Powers [...]

2. trimtab21, July 4th, 2011 at 23:07

what you call ‘art’, I call a waste of packing material. static and boring.

3. kitz, July 5th, 2011 at 08:07

I really love the texture nice job, I would love to walk around it and see it up close!!

4. josh, July 16th, 2011 at 21:07

I really like this idea. It totally looks like it was rendered from a computer, but instead it was rendered from the artist. I think this could be used to form letters such as graffiti pieces and such…that would be a lot crazier to look at. It would be dope putting images like to life

5. Jane, July 17th, 2011 at 07:07

hey thanks alot dope. we’ve got enough shit waste in the garbage.

6. Rusty, July 17th, 2011 at 10:07

I think people need to stop commenting just to express their hate. That isn’t criticism, it’s asinine behavior. Stop it, or I will fuck you in the ass with a cactus.
On a much more positive note, I think this piece is stunning. As it is made up of countless levels of depth, it draws the eye inward among its numerous levels of intricate structure. Cheers, this is brilliant work.

7. Jane, July 17th, 2011 at 10:07

Rusty, he could have at least had the decency to use another sustainable material for his shitty piece. Yes its baffling and stunning at the same time, but then come to think of it, where does it all end up? Polystyrene has CFC’s, CFCs act as the carcinogen to our atmosphere, ergo we get anus holes on our sky. The end doesn’t fucking justify the means.Fuck me anytime with a cactus on my shithole, I’d gladly offer it, but man this artsy fart snob is a fucking douchebag.

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9. Ms. Ing, July 19th, 2011 at 01:07

Maybe we can agree that from an artistic perspective this is very neat, but from an ecological perspective it’s gross. At least, that’s how I feel about it.

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Whoever thinks that the amounts of styrofoam used in arts are a serious problem should actually not even be on the internet, own a computer, or, let’s say… eat/poop/breathe. I don’t see our grandchildren pointing at this and saying “it was art that destroyed our planet”. And even if so: kudos. At least then it was worth it.

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