Exhibition Opening & Reception Sat., Oct. 14, 7-9 pm
Nonprofit organization and gallery Tempus Projects in Seminole Heights announced John Orth as the latest artist in its artist residency program. Beginning September 6, Orth’s residency culminates in an exhibition opening on October 14.
John Orth is an interdisciplinary artist whose work exists within and out of what he calls a “space of potentiality.” His installations and videos are inhabited by objects disparate in function, origin, visual appearance. However, he manipulates their context such that typically severe distinctions begin to bend and blur. In such compositions, a tangerine paired with an extension cord is somehow as intuitively appropriate as it is absurd. This playful yet unsettling approach produces visually, texturally and compositionally rich artwork.
Orth has recently been interested in the fantastical taxonomy of Jorge Luis Borges’s Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge and will explore this theme further during his residency at Tempus Projects.
“By interpreting this classificatory system, I seek to demonstrate the inherent tendency for this system (and in turn, all such systems of division and signification) to collapse under the weight of their own contradictions,” he explains.
John Orth received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University before receiving his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016. He served as the director and curator of Gainesville’s F.L.A Gallery. Orth has also exhibited his work widely, including solo and group exhibitions in Brooklyn, New York; Glasgow, Scotland; Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida.
The event is sponsored in part by The Gobioff Foundation, The Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation, The Knox Family Foundation, and Mermaid Tavern. Please join Tempus for an afterparty at the Mermaid Tavern directly following the reception at 9 pm.
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