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John Court
updated: 04/11/2010
website: www.johncourt.info
 
   
 
 
     
 
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A Blank White Page
ART IS IS ART
 
Portfolio Keywords:  process, language, diagrammatic, conceptual, autobiographical, text, systems
 
 
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Paper,Pencil,PVA glue and aluminium leaf
2007
30 " x  44 " 
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Paper and Pencil
2007
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Paper and Pencil
2007
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Paper and Pencil
2007
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Paper and Pencil
2007
30 " x  44 " 
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Paper and Pencil
2007
30" x  44" 
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Paper,Pencil,PVA glue and aluminium leaf
2007
30 " x  44 " 
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Paper,Pencil,PVA glue and aluminium leaf
2007
30 " x  44 " 
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Paper,Pencil,PVA glue and graphite
2008
30 " x  44 " 
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Paper,Pencil,PVA glue and graphite
2008
30 " x  44 " 
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Paper,Pencil,PVA glue and graphite
2008
30 " x  44 " 
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Paper, PVA Glue, White Spray Paint and Black Marker Pen
2009
30" x  44" 
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Paper, PVA Glue, White Spray Paint and Black Marker Pen
2009
30" x  44" 
A Blank White Page   by John Court
A Blank White Page
aluminium sheet, PVA glue and white epoxy paint
2009
49"" x  98"" 
ART IS IS ART  by John Court
ART IS IS ART
aluminium sheets with black board paint
2009
90"" x  196"" 

Artist Statement
John Court

The Institutionalization of the Doodle


It took many years to work out that this whole drawing process began at school, when I picked up my pencil to copy down the written words on the blackboard, most of which I could not understand. It was easier to doodle than to write a word, and in a working sense, my drawings have institutionalized the doodle as a diagrammatic art form.

That negative encounter with learning set off a need to make sense of the world through the active manipulation of the pencil line as drawing. It is therefore more meaningful to me to make a drawing, and understand its contents, than to copy down a word, and be totally perplexed by its structure and meaning.

The act of drawing connects the physicality of learning to the engagement with ideas. This is why I use the freehand drawing method as a simple way of connecting the action to the mind.

Artist Bio / CV

John Court – a short biography

John Court was born in 1969 in Bromley, in the county of Kent in England.  He graduated from Camberwell School of Art and Design in 1994 and Norwich School of Art and Design in 1997.
John Court moved to Finland in 1997. He lives and works in the far North, near the Arctic Circle. His work has been exibited throughout Scandanavia and featured at several prestigious events in Europe including the Venice Biennale (2005) and the Liverpool Biennale (2004).