Guest curating printmaker Marshall Heaton's show Bombs & Babes at ARTspace was so much fun, I decided to guest curate again!
Jon-Erik Kroon is an artist from Wallaceburg who is well-known for his unique printmaking style. Recently, his work has gone off on an interesting tangent, and he's created a whole body of work featuring the flora and fauna of Southwestern Ontario. His paint is actually different kinds of mud mixed with water from the Snye River. Objects like seeds and leaves, which he affixes to his canvas, are from his woodland property. He incorporates feathers and bones from dead animals he finds in his area. His works are like a visual archaeological dig. Jon-Erik's approach reminds me of Anselm Kiefer's show Palmsonntag, which I saw at the AGO a few months ago.
As someone who works within boxes, I can honestly say that I admire him for the fact that he thinks completely outside the box not only in the way he lives but in the way he makes art.