Jon Sarkin is a self-taught contemporary American artist. The neurological effects of a stroke in 1989 led him to be a wildly prolific artist. This condition, known as "sudden artistic output," profoundly affected his perception of the world, and this change is reflected in his art. His work is influenced by popular culture, comics, literature, and music. Sarkin creates elaborate drawings and paintings filled with words and images. He has been featured in many publications and documentaries, including GQ, The New Yorker, The New York Times, ArtNews, Primetime Live, the Discovery Channel and the BBC. He has exhibited widely in locations, including New York, London, Los Angeles and Boston. His biography, Shadows Bright As Glass, was written in 2011 by Pulitzer-prize winning author Amy Ellis Nutt.
Jon Sarkin received the Salem State University Art + Design 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award in spring 2017, to honor his remarkable commitment to art and creativity. His exhibition in the Winfisky Gallery will be unlike any exhibition that has been presented in the gallery’s long history. On September 20, he will be performing his unique blend of poetry, performance art, and scientific mumbo jumbo with videographer Emille Doucette. He will return to our campus in spring 2018, for a residency and workshops with our Art + Design students.
Reception: Wednesday, September 13, 2– 4 pm
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, September 13, 12:30–1:30 pm
Performance: Wednesday, September 20, 2 – 3:30 pm
Ellison Campus Center, North Campus
1 Meier Drive, Salem, MA 01970
Karen A Gahagan