Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

John Bissonette

Knoxville, TN
May 1 - August 30, 2008

Conflating the techniques and imagery of overtly sentimental, lowbrow fine art reproduction with decidedly high-end techniques of painting and ink-jet printing on canvas, John Bissonette's work juxtaposes the very notion of 'high' and 'low.' In an homage to the glossy and the programmatic, Bissonette invites the viewer to search for deeper meaning in the common language of culture in art that transcends mere cliche and iconography. Working within the constraints of mass culture, he recodes appropriated images and text to allow for meaning to be born in the slippery spaces between the genuine and the prescribed. Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Bissonette was a recipient of the Herman E. Spivy Fellowship from the University of Tennessee, where he earned his MFA in 2006. When not exhibiting his work nationally, he is a lecturer at his alma mater.

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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
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Omaha, NE 68102
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