“My work considers memory as an archeological act, not of retrieval; but as a creative, constructive process. Often referencing the urban environment, my work intersects the varying relationships between queerness, belonging, history, and its subsequent erasure. My reconstructive process is informed by internal landscapes, littered with layers of symbols and imagery. Alluding to cityscapes with its layered mosaic of time-worn signage and painted-over advertisements peeling off walls and billboards. These constructed memories are the feelings that energize my work.”
Colon’s works represent the ever-changing state of the landscapes of our communities. The grids suggest the dividedness and distinct sections that have been calculated by society’s superstructures. These works reflect on the gentrification that many communities have endured and how their boundaries have been redrawn many times. It’s the constant battle between inhabitants and change.
Many are oblivious to the changes their community landscapes have endured overtime. Initial inhabitants continue to carry their memories in spite of being detached to their community and its landscape. We must look to the past ever so often to reflect on the displacement and lack of connection many have experienced to their own communities.
“Recollections of stories left behind; childhood memories (often prone to error), of subway trains and walls littered with graffiti and the sights and sounds of the daily grind of city life, reveal glimpses of my past.”
John Dominic Colon is a mixed media artist whose work investigates memory as an archeological act, not of retrieval; but as a creative, constructive process. Often referencing the urban environment, his work intersects the varying relationships between queerness, belonging, history, and its subsequent erasure. His practice is informed by internal landscapes, littered with layers of symbols, imagery, and abstraction.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, he grew up in Chicago where he completed his BA at Columbia College. A 2021 recipient of the Berkowitz scholarship, he has exhibited at various venues around Miami including the MFA Showcase at the Bonnier gallery. He is currently completing an MFA degree at Florida International University while continuing his studio practice in Miami.