JOHN HENRY BLATTER
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Blank Gif The idea of art as experience has been a large part of my development towards installation, video, and now sound installation in my work, and away from more traditional sculpture where I began. My use of video and sound within the installations are not because I am a media artist, but because it is the best medium in which to convey the ideas within the work. I have used various forms of video and sound within my work, from Walkman sized monitors to room sized installations, pieces as intimate as family photos and as public as a virtual garden that invites the viewer to participate by placing them within the video image. Over the past several years, I have become the subject matter within my work. While the content and imagery of the work is often very personal in content, the experiences behind them are universal. I explore topics within the work ranging from the struggle to define and understand a self identity, to our anxieties and fears of how others perceive us, to the perception of an individual’s facade and how they relate as an individual in a society.

In our society, the technology of media has become such an integrated part of our lives that it has created a perverse sense of reality, and in the work I am exploring, questioning and testing this reality. There has become such media sensory overload, that I have begun to wonder if this virtual world has desensitized us for what is actually real. Is media stimulation alone, enough for us to forgo all of our other senses? For example, can these glowing images or realistic sounds, provide us with the same comfort and reassurance as a hug? And if so, is that enough?

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© Copyright 1996-2016 John Henry Blatter
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