Current Red Lodge Clay Center Long-Term Resident 2019-2020
Born in a Mexican-American family, Jon is entertained by the absurd nature of the American-Dream. Jon completed his BFA at the University of Montana with a minor in Art History, and worked as a studio assistant for Julia Galloway, Casey Zablocki, and Anton Alvarez. Jon has attended Red Lodge Clay Center’s ASPN program, an Artist in Residency at Medalta, and is currently a Long-Term Resident at Red Lodge Clay Center. Jon’s work pays homage to the craftspeople and merging customs of the Americas through aggrandizing objects and ornamentation.
This work is driven by a curiosity of how and why things function in a way that we know as familiar. The inspiration for this research can be as subtle as a backwards door knob or the motion of pulling a push-broom. Objects have a capacity to perform as agents when we consider them as legitimate contributors to our daily interactions. Ceramics and craftsmanship are jumping off points for this language. By re-contextualizing function and form as we are familiarized, I create an aesthetically playful and absurd perspective to things we may or may not recognize.
Through aesthetic manipulation of form, implied-interaction, and colorful tactile surfaces, these objects are my interpretation of their associated-use and their applied-function. Using the language between material, object-function and their use, these things allow for analysis of the qualities that make them active participants in our lives. The goal of this work is to make the viewer question and reconsider their relationship with utilitarian objects and those who make them.