John Warner

John Warner

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John Warner • Profile

John Warner’s sculpture rarely turns out as he envisioned. His work often takes unexpected turns as he responds to the challenges of his chosen media. Working with salvaged materials, he remains committed to presenting them in their true form and allows his work to evolve as he interacts with and celebrates elements of the natural world.

Warner recycles and repurposes most of his supplies. He begins each piece with a flexible approach, inspired by life’s often undetected but poignant moments. By embracing the energy of bronze, the subtle elegance of stainless steel, the warmth of wood, he translates a series of discarded materials into something beautiful.

John Warner completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design at Kendall College of Art and Design in 2001. Both his indoor and outdoor sculpture installations are on display throughout the local area in public and private collections.


John Warner • Statement

I just like to make things, and it usually turns out to be sculpture. I am cursed with a relentless compulsion to challenge myself. To push the boundaries of both my abilities and the materials in which I work. I especially enjoy the limitations of salvaged and found materials. “What can I make with this?” I often ask myself. “I don’t know… definitely something, someday.” I explore ideas like line, balance, tension, and form to create objects with soul – unapologetically elegant and fluid. With intriguing, absorbing energy that pulls you around like the next chapter in a great book. Objects that are what they are – that perhaps express bits of me that even I fail to understand – bits that I am otherwise unwilling to reveal.


John Warner • Biography

EDUCATION

2001
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Industrial Design, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1999    
Sculpture and Photography, SACI, Florence, Italy

1998 
Studied Writing and Film, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2016
"Slightly Obsessive", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Slightly Obsessive", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Lookie Here”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Modern Twist”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Hop Skip & a Jump”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

2013   
“Wide View”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

2012  
“25 Year Gala”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
         
“Fresh Squeezed and Locally Grown”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
         
“Site: Lab - Blandford Nature Center”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2011   
“Summer Fun”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
         
“Site: Lab - Blandford Nature Center”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“ArtPrize”, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2010 
“ArtPrize”, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2009
“ArtPrize”, Ottawa Ave, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Scrap fest”, Lansing, Michigan

“Group Exhibition”, Grand River Gallery, Lansing, Michigan

2008 
“Group Exhibition”, Grand River Gallery, Lansing, Michigan

2000
  
“Cognito Manifesto”, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2004 - Present
Professional Sculptor

2007 - 2008

Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

1999 - 2004               
Product Designer

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Frederik Meijer Gardens, 14’ Moravian star

Reserve wine bar, permanent stainless/copper installation

Watervliet High School, permanent installation

Restoration of a 1927 William Johnston mahogany racing boat

Recreation of a rare 1849 Billinghurst Rifle for documentary