Details:

In this painting, perfectly connected lines made up of methodically applied paint become an information highway floating atop an atmospheric, almost cosmic background. This work's title is a reference to a communication device from a science fiction novel; the artist believes that science fiction and abstract painting share an affinity.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Ansible 3

In this painting, perfectly connected lines made up of methodically applied paint become an information highway floating atop an atmospheric, almost cosmic background. This work's title is a reference to a communication device from Ursula K. Le Guin's science fiction novel, The Dispossessed—published in 1974. In the story, the device allows for the instantaneous sharing of ideas across vast distances. John Burt Sanders believes that science fiction and abstract painting share an affinity for critiquing a narrow understanding of human nature while maintaining the thrill of possibility and the unknown. Likewise, the two mediums share a similar affinity for reflecting on humanity at a certain self-referential distance.

Sanders's work focuses on simple, formal visual elements of color, texture and composition to explore systems of order and their inherent weaknesses. Sanders’s compositions feature curvilinear, painted forms that are derived from the solutions to two-dimensional mazes. These forms have the potential to suggest other imagery, like maps of unknown locations or cellular formations. The artist also employs subtle shifts in color variation in both the background and in the line work of his paintings to actively engage viewers—sometimes achieving a dizzying effect.

Specs:

22 inches
28 inches

③ Artist:

John Burt Sanders

John Burt Sanders’ work employs simple, formal visual elements of color, texture and composition to explore systems of order and their inherent weaknesses. The artist’s curvilinear, painted forms are derived from the solutions to two-dimensional mazes, suggesting maps of unknown locations or cellular formations—among other imagery. Sanders draws influence from Ursula K. Le Guin and other science fiction authors, sharing their affinity for reflecting on humanity at a certain self-referential distance.

John Burt Sanders:
Ansible 3, 2021
Oil and acrylic on canvas
28.0 × 22.0 inches /