Artist Statement


I like to consider myself an obtuse combination of titles and descriptors such as graphic artist, typographer, designer, curator, writer, and observer. As a graphic artist and designer I have lofty goals to challenge the medium and the perceived rules of design. I continually ask questions and attempt to visually express my impressions and experiences. As a curator I am intrigued by the notion of collections; whether they are personal, commercial, institutional, or private, I believe everyone collects something. For me writing is a necessary way to decipher, interpret, process, and organize many of the thoughts and images that repeatedly flicker in my head. Lastly, as an observer I feel the need to pause, bare witness to my surroundings, and document a singular moment which I might find poetic, odd, or quietly important.

bits and pieces put together to create a semblance of the whole.” by Lawrence Weiner

For inspiration and influence I often ponder the statement and artwork by Lawrence Weiner, “bits and pieces put together to create a semblance of the whole.” Using association as a base point in my design I often combine elements with uncanny exaggeration. My independent work involves visually complex collages of ephemeral and appropriated imagery (of questionable origin) and I often reuse my own images. Commonly, my work is an illustrative blend of layered imagery, typographic patterning, commercial printing references, word play, and geometric abstraction. While I can create clean and orderly designs and I actively appreciate fussing over minute details, much of my personal work depicts an element just beyond control. In contrast, I enjoy leaving certain elements to chance and structured order decisively askew.

My current design work comes from an increased interest in publishing self-authored works. For many years I have created and maintained visual journals. Now I want to revisit my past work through a cohesive and intentional process, examining what was of interest, however briefly, in the past fifteen years. It is a challenging endeavor to blend poetry, documented observances, and visual ephemera that I have created. This is not an attempt to publish my portfolio of past works, but a process of examination that translates and transcends captured and collected time. I hope to construct a unique narrative arc, in contrast with typical memoirs or autobiographies. Ultimately I hope to form my poetry, short stories, photographs, illustrations, obscure notations, and sketches into an innovative publication.

John Page Corrigan



This web•log is an ongoing collection of the creative work(s) by John P Corrigan and a combined portfolio consisting of: graphic design / typography / type design / art / curation / writing / publications / research + photography.

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