John Shorb

Artist Bio

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Exhibitions at Stride Arts

John Shorb graduated from Carleton College and is based in Brooklyn, NY. His work draws on the idea of cultural amnesia: what is forgotten, what is remembered, what leaves an impression, and what causes suppression. He examines common symbols and stories that people hold dear, and delves into how these stories are conveyed and whether they reinforce narratives. Shorb spends time researching historical documents and artifacts, with a special focus on 19th century American objects and publications. Shorb transforms the source material by altering its image -- redacting content or repeating imagery -- sometimes making the final product entirely unrecognizable just as a story can change its form as it is passed on. Each drawing appears more as a phantom than as a document, a representation of suppression of the information in our collective memory and what actually lingers after the publications have been long gone.

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Selected Exhibitions

2019  FORTHCOMING: Southerner, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
2018  The Daily Avalanche, Tops Gallery, Memphis, TN, 
2017  Scenes in the Unseen, University of Mississippi Museum Historic Home Rowan Oak,
2017  Structure Unbound: Interdisciplinary Book Art, The Robert & Elaine Stein Galleries, Wright State University, 
2017  Text, Type. Typology, Marylyn & Chuck Klaus Center for the Arts, Marymount California University
2016  Interior Dimensions, The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Arkansas, 
2013  WAKING, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, Humanities Gallery
2013  As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts, Museum of Biblical Art, NYC, 
2013  Remnants, Northeastern University, Gallery 360, Boston
2012  Gifted Visions, University of Mississippi Museum
2012  Waking & Sleeping, University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses
2012 Memory Remains, Northeastern University, Gallery 360, Boston
2011  Can’t Hear the Revolution, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn
2010  Red Hook Hoe-Down, Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

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