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Jon Harvey

100 Days 100 Curators
Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Selected as Emerging Artist
A psychotherapist by profession, I have recently decided to focus exclusively on my real passion, which is making sculptures commenting on the world and the people in it.
I make pieces that say something about the way I think the world really operates. They address the gross injustices, the lack of power of most people, including those who presumably have been given some power, and the misapplication of money and goods that cause so many people to go hungry and die from lack of food and water. I also try to express in my work some of the absurdities and foibles of humanity with, I hope, some humor.
The Meds Series came directly from my work with children. As a school psychologist working primarily with teenage boys, I treated kids with many challenges, such as Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Occasionally a kid would come into my office so heavily medicated that he slept through the entire session. Other times, if the meds were properly adjusted, we could make some real progress through one-on-one talk therapy.
I believe that, as a society, we are all too eager to treat any and all ailments with drugs, rather than taking the time and effort to really work through to the root causes of our problems. The Meds Series is my commentary on this tendency.
I have been making sculptures most of my life but it only became clear to me to move full speed ahead with my art several years ago. Inspired by the works of Joseph Cornell and Edward Kienholz, I began by building small three-dimensional sculptures for friends and family. Although Cornell created tiny worlds in small boxes and Kienholz worked on a much larger scale, both artists remain a strong and fascinating influence for me.
Happy 150th, Bernie! and In An Emergency..., as well as the pieces I’m currently working on, spring directly from today’s headlines. I hope you find them engaging and provocative, and welcome any and all feedback.
I hope you enjoy viewing the work on this website. My three Nudes in a Jar pieces were chosen for a group exhibition, Another Nude Show (featuring such artists as Robert Graham and Man Ray), at Robert Berman Gallery, Bergamot Station Art Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, D5, C2, Santa Monica, CA 90404, www.robertbermangallery.com. The show ran through April 30th, 2010.
Four of my Meds Series sculptures were featured in a special juried group exhibition at The Elaine Baker Gallery, 608 Banyon Trail, Boca Raton, Florida 33431. The exhibit, The Art Of Medicine: Refilled, consisted of art made by doctors in all media. The exhibit ran from October 14th through November 6th, 2010.
I’ve recently completed my second installation, called USA, D.O.A. The piece was inspired by so much of what is happening in this country over the last few years. It was exhibited at Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, California, in the “Just Occupy” show, which ran from January 14 through February 28, 2012. USA, D.O.A. and other works are in private collections in the United States, Europe and Asia.


Group and Curated Shows

2013
London Art Fair
Bicha Gallery, London, England

2012
AAF Singapore
Bicha Gallery, London, England

AAF Hampstead
Bicha Gallery, London, England

AAF Stockholm
Bicha Gallery, London, England

100 Days 100 Curators
Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Selected as Emerging Artist

AAF New York
Bicha Gallery, London, England

Just Occupy
Robert Berman Gallery
Santa Monica, California

Karin Weber Gallery
Hong Kong

2011
Robert Berman Gallery
Santa Monica, California

Karin Weber Gallery
Hong Kong

2010
The Art of Medicine: Refilled
Elaine Baker Gallery
Boca Raton, Florida

Another Nude Show
Robert Berman Gallery
Santa Monica, California