John Harlan Norris
Disintegrants will be featured in Supernova Digital Animation Festival's Silent Screen program, looping on the 14th and Arapahoe LED screen in downtown Denver throughout the day on September 21st.
"Disintegrants" imagines a form of portraiture in which the body is absent.
"My work reinterprets the genre of portraiture in order to speak about our current moment. My current body of work, Disintegrants, describes a sense of disembodiment that can occur as the mediated images and virtual relationships of our digital lives begin to make our physical forms feel tangential. These abstracted and interior portraits seek to represent the process of constructing one’s identity in a realm where we no longer must rely on the human body as our primary signifier of the self – a proposition full of both potential and precarity."
John Harlan Norris is an artist and musician originally from Nicholasville, Kentucky. His work explores alternative approaches to portraiture and investigates notions such as occupational identity and virtual constructions of the self. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky and Jonesboro, Arkansas where he is an Associate Professor of Art (painting & drawing) at Arkansas State University.