My work explores the relationship between identity, history and its erasure. It is informed by urban environments littered with its layers of symbols and imagery. Stories left behind, like a tapestry tattered and unraveling, revealing glimpses of its past. Childhood memories of subway trains sprawled with graffiti and the sights and sounds of vendors and pedestrians in the hustle and bustle of everyday city life. These are the feelings that energize my work as I learn to navigate what it means to be in a ‘post’ society.
Formally my work incorporates painting, collaging, image transfer, layering, assemblage and repetitive images to construct a personal narrative. As an artist it is important for me to push myself outside of my comfort zone. I enjoy exploring how materials, such as silicone and spray paint, can become new methods of image making.
John Dominic Colón was born in Brooklyn, New York, lived in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico as a child and raised in Chicago, IL. He currently lives in South Florida. Having grown up in Urban environments as well as mountainous countryside left a profound mark on his visual vocabulary. Throughout his life images of urban blight/renewal and tropical landscapes imprinted a cacophony of images often in collision with each other.
He studied visual art at the Art Institute of Chicago and completed his BA at Columbia College Chicago with an emphasis on photography and printmaking. Currently he is pursuing an MFA in mixed media from Florida International University. During his undergraduate studies, his most memorable experience was being included as part of Pepón Osorio’s ‘Salon de la fama’ installation during the artists visit of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community.
Colón’s work has been exhibited in Chicago’s Glass Curtain Gallery, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, the Hat Gallery, the Hokin Gallery and the Great Project Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, as well as appeared in print media ‘Boricua’ magazine. His volunteer work includes early membership on the board of directors of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.