The JJC Art Gallery is filled with memories for the Joseph W. Turner display. Turner, a professor of art at Depaul University and Wabaunsee Community College is an artist who bases his work on the perception of memory.
Turner’s artwork was displayed in the Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery from Jan. 27 through Feb. 28. Both JJC students, staff, and community members were welcomed and encouraged to visit the art exhibit from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Memories are an essential piece of Turner’s work.
“The predominant concerns of my work are the subjective nature of memory, the situational interpretation of identity, and the psychological dynamics inherent in personal relationships,” read Turner’s statement.
“I find that memory is shifting and ambiguous, as the significance of past events can alter through the filter of hindsight.”
Turner’s artwork begins with photographs of his family or locations from his childhood. He sections off the photographs and utilizes them to create new images.
Turner bases his choice of color on expression to convey the emotional tone or mood of the piece. He reinterprets the feelings behind the photographs to display the human experience on canvas.
“I am interested in creating images that evoke a mood, and suggest a narrative, but do not dictate a singular, literal apprehension of that narrative.”
Some notable pieces that caught my attention were “Wolves,” “Candleflame,” and “Monopoly.”
“Wolves” immediately draws you in as you ponder the mystery behind it. Every detail from the ominous shadows in the doorway and windows to the dreary and bleak color choice has you stopping to question the story behind the image.
“Candleflame” Turner’s perception of memory is truly outstanding in this image. Only two people stand out in the crowd to show the boy’s recollection of the party. Turner’s manipulation of detail is truly spectacular in this painting.
“Monopoly” stood out to me because it appeals to our own childhood memories. The bright colors and different facial expressions send us spiraling back into time. We begin to recall family gatherings or an old toy we used to love.