John E Franzén – Artist of the Quarter winter 2021/2022
John E Franzén exhibited several paintings at Gävle Konstcentrum from November 13, 2021 until January 9, 2022.
Through his art, Franzén has attracted attention, debate and strong reactions and, above all, his art has pushed the boundaries of traditional motifs. There is a sense of emptiness and desolation in his work, where the human dream is opened to the projections and beliefs of the viewer. In recent years, his work focuses more on spirituality and existential values in a digital age.
John Stene, the art curator for Gävle Konstcentrum, is telling us about the two paintings above.
“The two paintings are fateful and empty of people. The only trace of human presence is the cars on the highway. The perspective is from above directed down towards the central and older parts of Los Angeles. The paintings are hazy and a bit blurry, is it air pollution or is it a premonition? Central to the images is, in one, a burning sun and in the other a prominent figure of Christ. The shadow moving in front of the sun in Twilight – is it on its way away or is it on its way to take over the landscape? In The Jesus Painting we find no shadow. Is it chased away by the biblical symbolism literally engraved on the canvas? Is it a force measurement we encounter between these two works? Los Angeles, in literature and art many times a place for both ups and downs, may once again stand as a fund for the last battle. I think John-E Franzén knows the outcome very well, but he leaves us in admiration and delusion. Only we can decide how it should go.”
“When it comes to motorcycles, it has never been the mechanics or driving fast that has fascinated me. I am drawn to the aesthetics and what it radiates. What it is in the appearance that attracts so strongly I still think about.“