Jon GreenMissoula, Montana

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Jon Green received his BFA at the University of Montana in May  2019. Jon was born to a single mother in a large Mexican-American family. Raised around construction and home making, Jon saw a work ethic, especially around the building of houses and creating homes. In addition, he is entertained by the value and sometimes absurd nature of the american-dream. Jon attended nursing school at Montana State University (Bozeman, MT) from 2011-2014. In 2015 he had a change of heart and began working in ceramics as an intern at the Clay Studio of Missoula. Jon has worked as a studio assistant for Julia Galloway, Casey Zablocki, Anton Alvarez, and Ben Jordan.

In January 2018, Jon attended an international artist residency at Medalta Historic Clay District, and has been selected as a resident at Red Lodge Clay Center for summer 2019. Most recently, showing in his first solo show “NOT How Things Work” at The University Center Gallery (Missoula, MT,) the invitational “Teapot Show III” at The Clay Studio of Missoula, and his BFA thesis exhibition at The Gallery of Visual Arts (University of Montana.) Jon was selected for The 2019 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition at Soo Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN,) and is currently a resident at Red Lodge Clay Center as part of the Advanced Student Project Network.

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.