Monday, November 28, 2016

"Lovers and Flowers" on Display in Redding, CA

"Lovers and Flowers" is a recently designed repeatable pattern overlaid with several textures to illustrate the never-ending, give-and-take nature of relationships. Whimsical, yet profound. 

This work, along with a few others of mine and several of the art faculty, is on display from November 28 to December 9 at the 67th Annual Art Faculty Exhibit at Shasta College Art Gallery in Redding, CA. Come and see!

Lovers and Flowers, vector based illustration, 2016
© 2016 jon lynn mccallum

Monday, September 12, 2016

New Work from Jon McCallum Appears at JayJay Gallery in Sacramento, CA.

Come see me and a few pieces of my new work. I plan to be at the reception on Thursday, September 15 from 5 to 8pm. There will be music and refreshments. 

Reboot: All new work from JAYJAY’s expanding stable of artists
September 14 – October 29, 2016

5520 Elvas Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95819

Sheeted Figure: Within and Without, photograph, 2016
© 2016 jon lynn mccallum

Friday, August 12, 2016

"Sheeted Figure on Couch with Book" Appears in Dunsmuir, CA

One of my new works, Sheeted Figure on Couch with Book, has been selected for Between the Covers: Art Inspired by Books, an exhibition being held at the Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir, CA until October 2, 2016.  

I wrote the following statement about the image: 

The sheeted figure resists the camera of our culture by literally taking cover. He finds comfort in books for they are objects which resemble his own inner-outer nature. He knows that we are so much more than how we appear.

Sheeted Figure on Couch with Book, photograph, 2016
© 2016 jon lynn mccallum

Friday, May 6, 2016

"Sheeted Figure in Room with Cone" Appears in Redding, CA

My image “Sheeted Figure in Room with Cone” was chosen to be in the North Valley Art League’s International Juried Photography Show. The exhibition is held at the Carter House Gallery in Redding, CA, from May 3 to June 4, 2016, with a reception on Saturday, May 7, from 6 to 8pm. I am excited to see the exhibition in person as the NVAL site is showing some very interesting imagery by artists from all over the world! 

Sheeted Figure in Room with Cone, © 2013 Jon Lynn McCallum

About this image...

The sheeted figure confronts, and yet denies, the probing eye of photography. Countering our material culture, the figure seems to say, “Know me by my voice––by what’s inside of me––by who I really am––rather than mere appearances.”
As a child I experienced difficulty in speaking and in being understood by others, and this informed my sense of self and my perceived ability to navigate through the world. A strong and mysterious force, the human voice has thus become a lifelong curiosity and is regarded as both a transmitter and a metaphor of our human essence.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Art as Commemoration of Life and Love

I made this drawing in commemoration of my wife’s and I’s recently celebrated, six-year wedding anniversary. We have also recently discovered that we are pregnant with our first child!––a common feat of humanity, I know––but nevertheless, one of my most remarkable creative acts. 

Jon and Hannah, drawing on wood panel, 8 x 8 inches, 2016. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Matters of Life and Death

I drew this skull a couple of months ago just as a way of practicing my seeing and drawing skills. The skull was the better of several creepy suggestions. At first I did not want to draw it, finding myself resistant to the thought that I myself will one day die. 

The skull reminded me of my own frailty in the here and now as well, of how we are made up of such tenuous parts as blood and bones, and myriad other parts that somehow function together, which is truly fascinating. I was, and am, simultaneously repulsed and intrigued. 

Our being alive––moving and breathing, interacting with others and the world around us––is a wonder. By focusing on death as I made the drawing, I actually found myself being more aware of life. As I reflect upon it now, I feel my breath gently tickle the inside of my nose, and my eyes delight in the play of light and shadow on the form, the play of light and shadow on my life.

Skull, graphite on paper, 10 x 8 inches, 2015.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

"To try to be brave is to be brave."

I came across this quote by the great Scottish author George MacDonald recently––“To try to be brave is to be brave.” I found myself thinking about it over and over, being intrigued for a couple reasons. 

One––often “trying” isn’t actually arriving, yet with bravery the “trying” and arriving seem to merge into one. 

Two––the word “brave” is a richly wonderful word, signifying something I want more of in my life. How would my life look if I were to be just a little more brave? I see new possibilities opening and a sense of being more proud of myself. The United States was once known as “the home of the brave” due in part to the Star-Spangled Banner (a poem written in 1814 and later put to music), but I wonder how brave we really are as a nation––how brave are we as individuals? In thinking of bravery and wanting to practice some graphic design skills, I made these shields. 

Go forth and be brave!