PRESS AND REVIEWS
JAMES COX, VETERAN GALLERIST / OWNER JAMES COX GALLERY, WOODSTOCK, NY
“To view an exhibition of Jon Taner’s recent (and mature) work is to enjoy an artist at his full-throated best. There is a keen sense of color and design that was assuredly honed by years of showing and teaching others about the subtleties of hue and scale – texture, balance contrast and style.. He knows his craft well and this work is ablaze with the confidence that only comes from paying ones dues and attaining artful surefootedness.
His collage/paintings provide the viewer with a sophisticated dialog between universal elements – shapes from nature, skies and horizons, rivers and slopes – touching primal memories in all of us. One evokes a feeling of tropical bliss, another a pearlescent dream; here a human shadow, there a benign insect or small animal interloper.
Like the Japanese woodblock masters of the 19th century (Hiroshigi or Hokusai) and the 20th century modern masters (Avery and Hockney) Taner eschews volume and shading, perspective and detail and creates pictures that combine his distinct and painterly cutouts that play against flat planes that also have exquisite brushed surfaces.”
Best of all, a playful, decorative quality abounds here. Maybe the muse that inspired Heni Matisse in his late period paper cutout masterpieces also strolled into the Taner studio. Sure feels like it.
KRISTIN T. WOODWARD, PROFESSOR OF ART AT ALBRIGHT COLLEGE, READING , PA
“I like the up-front simplicity of this image- the composition and shapes provide crisp, clean edges. But within those cut out shapes the viewer is rewarded with a wealth of textural and color variation. I particularly like the warm orange background and bottom section- the grounds fill the composition with rich tonality, and help to contain the various disparate elements. Splitting the collage up into large sections also keeps me moving within the space. Rather than a dominant central focus, the subjects stretch across the picture plane, and animate the languorous environment. I also find the landscape orientation works well with the reclining animal below- giving a peaceful, enveloping space to the subjects. While I can’t make out the specific identity of the vertical forms on the table structure, their straightforward presentation is both uplifting ( totemic ) and profane, as in common vessels or vases.”
MARK POLO, President Polo M.A. Inc. Interior Design
“Jon has a wonderful and exciting collection of work that I depend on for my clients."
Mark Hillringhouse, Photographer, Poet, Professor at Passaic County Community College
“Jon Taner has a genius that deserves recognition for the skills he brings to the canvas. I love his work, a blend of painterly abstraction and collage melded into a visual narrative that conveys all the human emotions. As a photographer, I have worked closely with him on projects and I have studied his art work and I have photographed it over many years.”