B-FORA BY JOHN MC CAM
ACRYLIC ON CERAMIC
CM 12 x 16,5 x h.35
Capsule collection of 3 B-fora by John Mc Cam.
For this collaboration, Berlin based artist McCam intervenes on three B-fora, creating a triptych with strong chromatic and geometric contrasts.
The conflict, or harmony, between color and form is one of the oldest in art history. Through a post-postmodern lens, a conceptual lens which places emphasis on philosophical ideas that supersede the art object itself, McCam provides a refreshingly sincere exploration of this most fundamental of artistic conflicts. How does color function in our lives? What does color mean? What behaviours and properties does color possess? Each viewer is faced with the daunting prospect of constructing a framework of understanding around the principles of color. The artist, both earnestly and playfully, presents us with an exciting quandary: through our subjective interpretive processes, is it possible to create form and context out of our visceral, aesthetic experiences? In the great tradition of Color Field artists McCam plays with color and shape in such a way as to remind us of the fundamentals of art itself. Pushing the discourse even further, McCam's work prompts us to consider the form and function of aesthetic properties elsewhere in our highly visualised lives. Can color assume form? Is there form without color? And how does this primitive conflict provoke subconscious sensation and behavioural interaction in our daily lives? Prompting these questions and more, McCam's work serves as a conscious symbol for our unconscious reception of visual information and stimulus, and the curious ways we each develop experience on our own terms through interaction with our environment.
Words by Chad Wys