Jon Read is a storyteller. Heavily influenced by comic books, cult films, science fiction, mythology and religion, Read plays out boy fantasies in large-scale, sculptural dioramas that pulse with color, adventure, sexuality and imagination. Shrine to the Myth of Man, Read’s debut presentation at G Gallery, weaves audiences through a winding narrative that leads to a netherworld filled with warriors and princesses, zombies and aliens, space ships and cemeteries.
About the artist:
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Jon Read graduated with a BFA in Painting from Kent State University in 2000. Read’s experience ranges from formal training in religious art working as a production artist for the Catholic Church where he made large scale statues, icons, and shrines, to working as a concept artist for various TV and film projects. On the performance stage, Read is known as The Wiggins, a one man band crafting music that has been described as having and “end of times” sound, fusing rockabilly guitar riffs, punk rock overdrive, and heavy hip-hop beats.