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 Shorb spends time researching historical documents and artifacts, with a special focus on 19th century American objects and publications.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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