John Azoni features a recent series of works on paper entitled "CHOMP!!" showing jaw-like forms with big teeth devouring, or about to devour cute innocent things, or random items of culture such as fast food hamburgers or ice cream cones.
Alongside this series upstairs at the Museum of New Art (MONA) are other of Azoni's works on paper, more reminiscent of his new paintings, which will be featured downstairs at the Michigan Institute for the Arts (MIA).
The Museum of New Art is very pleased to present its first solo exhibition of new work by John Azoni in the artist's first solo show of large paintings entitled "Recent Paintings" is, as the name implies, paintings done within the last 6 months. A must see for anyone that enjoys Azoni's more ambitious work.
The show will open
Saturday July 8, 2006
with an artist's reception for John Azoni from
and run through August 12.
regular hours: 12-6pm Thursday through Saturday
MONA is located at 7 N. Saginaw, Pontiac
John Azonibecame interested in art at the age of 14 while on a family vacation to Italy, where he was inspired by the culture and art community there. He was particularly taken by the artists making and selling their work on the street. Amazed at how artists could render shadows with color and a complete absence of tube black, he was inspired to learn how to paint. Back in America, he began by strengthening his drawing skills before diving into color. He bought a sketchbook, and began taking his first steps as an artist.