Mirror80 recently featured the work of artist John Noestheden in a post on today’s renewed interest in 1980s art. From works on paper to public art commissions and public performance pieces, Noestheden has been creating renowned large-scale artwork since the 1970s, including a geometric 8′ x 20′ lobby mural for Houston, Texas’ Cineplex Odeon (featured in the above-mentioned post). Today we celebrate the artist’s new works, many of which represent the universe using materials including acrylic, ink and Swarovski diamond crystals!
Noestheden’s sources for these heavenly pieces include Hubble photographs, historical astronomy documents, star maps, and even Vinent Van Gogh’s skies. The art is available for purchase through the JHB Gallery, New York. At the top of the post, we see two of his 2009 works, which are shown in greater detail below. The first is Starsplash, created with silver Swarovski crystals, acrylic and archival glue on Arches paper.
To accompany Noestheden’s artwork for an exhibit entitled The One, Jayne H. Baum wrote an essay that sheds light on the artist’s process, including the use of graphite drawings to map out the heavenly structures. She also discusses the effect of his work on the viewer, noting that Noestheden’s use of Swarovski silver crystals “brings the drawing to brilliant life through the reflection of pure light emitting from each crystal, causing a prophetic dance of shimmering color and pattern – not stationary but ever changing. It is the viewer who completes the sentence started by Noestheden.” Below we see August Turquoise Fuzzy Blobs, created with silver Swarovski crystals, acrylic and archival glue on Arches paper.
A dazzling rectangle is the centerpiece of Crystal Mirror Night, shown below. Once again, Swarovski crystals and archival glue carefully combine, this time with the addition of india ink. On the artist’s website bio, it’s noted that “Noestheden considers each crystal work a unique spectacle – a hallelujah chorus.” We couldn’t agree more!
We end with a celestial piece titled With North Detail. A perfect combination of silver Swarovski crystals, acrylic and archival glue results in a work of art that is both ethereal and dynamic.
A special thanks to John Noestheden for inspiring this post with his ever-evolving body of work, and to Jayne H. Baum of JHB Gallery, New York, who made this post possible by providing images and words of wisdom.