Joan Mitchell Center AIR Program

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John Ahearn

New York City, NY
2009 Painters and Sculptors Grant Recipient

Artist's Statement

I make documentary sculpture inspired by folk art, the Mexican mural movement, and expressionist portraits. I seek my identity as an artist in the context of the community. By lifecasting people publicly, I pay homage to that person and celebrate the shared social activity. Working in partnership with Rigoberto Torres, I focused first on specific public art projects in the Bronx. I have served as the first artist in the pilot residency programs of many institutions in the world, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and the Inhotim Art Museum in Brazil.

  • Godson Christopher in the # 6 line 96th St. Station (January 2012). Part of a series of subway studies.

  • Headstart Kids in front of sculptures made at the Bronx Andrew Freedman Home for the No Longer Empty Show "Other Side of Paradise" (April 2012).

  • Darnell holding his cast made with Rigoberto Torres at the Frieze Art Fair, with a recreation of the 1979 Fashion Moda Project "South Bronx Hall of Fame" (May 2012).

  • Casting in Baltimore for the Open Walls Mural Project (June 2012).

  • Sketch of design for "Bayview" lobby mural for the St. Mary's Children's Hospital, Queens NY following workshops with Rigoberto Torres with the children there (August 2012).

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.