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John Day

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
HELIOTROPE, branches and twine, 33' x 20' x 13'. SUNY Old Westbury, 2010.
PORTAL, branches and twine, 12' x 12' x 8". Dumbo Arts Festival, 2011
RELIQUARY, branches, twine and digital prints, 15' x 12' x 9'. Great Neck Arts Center, 2012
SYMBIOSIS, branches, twine and vines, 35' x 15' x 8'. College of New Rochelle, 2007
ZEPHYR, cut branches mounted to wall, 9' x 4.5', 2010
Artist's Statement

My practice includes installations in public spaces using wilderness as a source. I transform these spaces with the use of natural materials so that the spaces are significantly altered, and to promote a dialog between manmade and natural environments. The tension that exists between these two worlds provides a challenging area for artistic activity. The process begins with a consideration of the structural or natural components of a given space. An idea for an installation is developed that responds to these components and makes a statement about the natural world within a manmade space, or a park setting. My purpose is to create a work that relates closely to the natural environment, and communicates some of my thoughts and feelings about wilderness to people who visit the setting. It is hoped that viewers may contemplate the relationship and conflict between the space they are standing in and what remains of the natural world.


Since 1986, I have done large and small scale installations in the New York area, with natural materials gathered from forest preserves. In 2000, I completed a large-scale temporary installation, Grove Spiral, for Muttontown Nature Preserve on Long Island. In 2004, I completed an installation, Landmarks, in Leeds Pond Preserve, Port Washington. In 2007, I exhibited Symbiosis, an installation made of branches and vines at the College of New Rochelle. Other recent installations include Heliotrope at SUNY Old Westbury, Portal at the Dumbo Arts Festival in Brooklyn, Reliquary at the Great Neck Arts Center, Reforestation at the LIC Arts Open, and Thicket at the Steinberg Art Museum at LIU Post.
Prior to 1986, I exhibited two installations, Metacomet Voices and Corn Scaffold at the Old State House Museum. Hartford, CT.

My work has been reviewed in the New York Times and I received a BFA degree from Cornell University in 1967.