Artist Statement:

John-Paul Rautio creates simple volumes rendered in charcoal. The images recall scientific photography: microscopic, rapatronic and astronomical. Rautio’s work is informed by Japanese enso paintings, although he trained his hand by studying the Western traditions of figure drawing. His use of charcoal references the cave paintings of prehistory. The forms emerge as charcoal is rubbed into wood. They are theoretical objects that exist on a number of levels – they are ‘things’, ‘energies’ and depictions of the potent moment of their own creation.

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