Field Collection


January 12 – February 11, 2012

Artist: John Small

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 12, 6-8PM

ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present the solo exhibition “Field Collection” by John Small.

“Field Collection” is an assembly of artifacts from John Small’s ongoing installation practice. Based on the historical practices of early explorers, searching and discovering, “Field Collection” ties together the history of exploration with his imaginative research. The explorer’s intentions to discover new territories and let themselves dive into the unknown are mirrored by his art making through his use of fictional historic discoveries, and their transformation into art.

With imagery rooted in heraldry and field guide illustration, John Small combines painting and sculpture with display methods found in natural history museums and cabinet of curiosities, to continue his examination of space and the grounding of his personal world. The work has a nostalgic feel, which takes an inventive approach to a personal journey in which the artist creates his own historical traces. John is dedicated to the analysis of color, painting, and sculpture, their histories, the connections that can be made and their ability to transform space and situate the viewer in a narrative environment.

“Field Collection” – is the first New York Solo show for John Small, living and working in New York City, where he is currently completing his MFA at Parsons The New School for Design.

For further information please contact the artist, John small at

Image: “Landing” 2011, Oil and Mixed Media on Board, 2 x 4 feet

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