John Salvest

b. 1955, Kearny, N.J.
Black Cherry
Black Cherry

Beginning with a love of wordplay, John Salvest’s site-specific installations and object-based art explore issues of time and mortality, the paradoxes of life and the true and proverbial in literature. He often employs literature and a sharp eye to create subtly provocative yet often ironic perceptions into the human condition. Working from collected objects specific for the installation or sculpture (business cards, matches, bottle caps, and stamps for his smaller “objects,” as he calls them, while shipping containers, billboards, far more business cards, punching bags are incorporated in his larger projects). His use of text and language as form allow for a range of interpretation and requires the viewer to examine connotations between text and everyday objects.

Based in Jonesboro, AR Salvest is a Professor of Art at Arkansas State University. He received his B.A. In English from Duke University and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Iowa. In addition to being reviewed and featured in numerous publications, such as Art in America, The New York Times, Art Papers and The New York Examiner, Salvest is the recipient of various awards and grants including two National Endowments for the Arts Fellowships and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. His notable public art projects locations include the Cannon Center for Performing Arts in Memphis, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Grand Arts in Kansas City

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Black Cherry
Black Cherry
Silver Maple
Silver Maple
Silver Maple - detail
Silver Maple - detail
Sassafras
Sassafras
Sassafras - detail
Sassafras - detail
Pin Cherry
Pin Cherry
Pin Cherry - detail
Pin Cherry - detail
American Chestnut
American Chestnut
American Chestnut - detail
American Chestnut - detail
Black Walnut
Black Walnut
Black Walnut - detail 1
Black Walnut - detail 1
Black Walnut - detail 2
Black Walnut - detail 2
Narrowleaf Cottonwood
Narrowleaf Cottonwood
Narrowleaf Cottonwood - detail 1
Narrowleaf Cottonwood - detail 1
Narrowleaf Cottonwood - detail 2
Narrowleaf Cottonwood - detail 2
Tulip Tree
Tulip Tree
Tulip Tree - detail
Tulip Tree - detail
Black Cherry
Black Cherry
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
Silver Maple
Silver Maple
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
Silver Maple - detail
Silver Maple - detail
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
Sassafras
Sassafras
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
Sassafras - detail
Sassafras - detail
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
Pin Cherry
Pin Cherry
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
Pin Cherry - detail
Pin Cherry - detail
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
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American Chestnut
American Chestnut
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
American Chestnut - detail
American Chestnut - detail
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
Black Walnut
Black Walnut
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
Black Walnut - detail 1
Black Walnut - detail 1
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
Black Walnut - detail 2
Black Walnut - detail 2
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
Narrowleaf Cottonwood
Narrowleaf Cottonwood
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
Narrowleaf Cottonwood - detail 1
Narrowleaf Cottonwood - detail 1
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
Narrowleaf Cottonwood - detail 2
Narrowleaf Cottonwood - detail 2
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
Tulip Tree
Tulip Tree
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017
Tulip Tree - detail
Tulip Tree - detail
inked rubber stamp on paper, 50x38
2017