John Paul Morabito
BFA, 2005, Maryland Institute College of Art; MFA, 2013, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibtions: John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan; Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia; Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Kalamazoo; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh; RabbitHoleStudio Gallery, New York; Textile Arts Center, New York; Local Lore Museum, Kherson, Ukraine. Bibliography: Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Magazine; American Craft Magazine. Awards: Leonore Annenberg Fellowship for the Visual Arts, Finalist.
I engage in participatory refusals, subverting existing systems within their own logic. Sight is met with touch, critical distance with closeness, the mechanic with the somatic, and industry with inefficiency. Rooted in the Catholic imagination, the work confuses the path of divine salvation with the goal of more, and ever more production. I draw connections between textile labor and masochistic Catholic penance, while at the same time refuting the Protestant labor systems rooted in prosperity with the timeless pace of Catholic devotion. Small gestures repeated to the point of absurdity invoke monumentality, and conflate the devotion of a masochistic Catholic penitent with the unending monotony of industrial production. In this, I offer (and seek) both, and neither.
Conceptual Art, Craft and Industry, Digital and Analog, Weaving, Denim, Catholicism, Labor
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