It turns out Jasper Johns’s obsession with taking a single object and looking at it from every angle and variation is contagious. Thanks to the imagery in Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme, I’m noticing targets:
Seeing bulls-eyes in sewer lids, gates, bikes, and more.
Numbers on houses and street signs, especially when stenciled, remind me of Johns’s multiple 0–9 series.
and flags everywhere:
Is that a crosswalk, or a flag? Stairs, or stripes?
And these examples were collected in just half an hour of walking around the neighborhood with a camera. I have a feeling that I’ll be seeing echoes of the Jasper Johns exhibition long after it leaves the Phillips in September.
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We’ve been talking about Jasper Johns around here for a while working towards our summer show, Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme. In Virginia over the weekend for the Richmond Street Art Festival, I saw this work by Washington D.C. artist Mark Jenkins, a surreal variation on the theme of targets that I don’t think Johns has tried.
Mark Jenkins human dartboard at the James River Power Plant Building, part of the Richmond Street Art Festival. Photo: Sarah Osborne Bender