Full Artist's statement
Welcome to the theaters. Little theaters. Stages.
More than 400 images of original art are available at this link: http://www.pbase.com/jfordhufffman/stages
The Little Theaters are, says the Art Registry gallery of Washington, D.C., "wall-hanging sculptures in the form of assemblage shadow boxes." "The proscenium arch is the box," the Registry says. "What happens inside is the artistic production directed by Huffman. The sculptures are sometimes whimsical, always enigmatic and address the formal elements of art: Line, color and form. Huffman's expertise in art design for international and national newspapers is evident in his fine art." Click on a thumbnail image below and you will see an enlarged view. ACQUISITION: Nearly 70 works have found good homes. If you would like one of these works, please inquire. Prices begin at $300. Commissions are invited. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org -
GROUP: National Building Museum “Dream Rooms” through 22 January 2017. “White House, White Room” (2016)
GROUP: “Summer Sculpture,” Watergate Gallery, Jul-Aug 2015. Four of 9 works sell.
GROUP: Juried regional exhibition, (Capitol) Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 2015.
GROUP: Little theaters, Wonder Graphics, Vermont at K St NW. May-June 2014.
GROUP: “Small Worlds” at Target Gallery. Dec 2013 - Jan 2014.
GROUP: "AWSome" at Amazon Web Services HQ (Herndon, Va.), juried inaugural exhibit, Aug 2013.
GROUP: Gallery 102 of The George Washington University's Arts, Jan 2013.
GROUP: (e)merge Art Fair, D.C., Oct 2012, 2013, 2014. Washington Project for the Arts "8 x 8" gallery.
GROUP: "Summer Sculpture," Watergate Gallery, Washington. Jul - Sep 2011.
GROUP: "Furious Dancing" at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K. Sep 2010 - Feb 2011.
GROUP: "Pandora's Box" at Target Gallery. Dec 2009 - Jan 2010.
GROUP: "Stimulus" at Nevin Kelly Gallery, D.C. Jun - July 2009
SOLO: "Little theaters." Politics And Prose (Modern Times Cafe), D.C., Feb - April 2013. (Extended)
SOLO: "New Year, New Art." Kafe Leopold's L2, Georgetown. Jan 2012.
SOLO: "The White Houses." Kafe Leopold's L2, Sep- Oct 2011.
SOLO: "Food for Thought," Busboys and Poets, Shirlington. Jun - Aug 2011
SOLO: "J. Ford Huffman." 16 of 31 pieces sell. Art Registry Gallery, Nov 2009 - Jan 2010, Georgetown.
CONCEPTUALIZATION: Inside a theater, the proscenium arch frames the stage, which is the venue for a play. In this series of assemblages, each box acts as a proscenium arch for the stage set inside the box -- and as a frame for your imagination's vision. Each work is a little theater. Each box is a visual narrative. Sometimes representational, sometimes abstract. Most of the little theaters are inspired by an image or an object and then developed and executed. (Sometimes the box itself is the inspiration for what is inside.) Each stage offers objects, colors and textures as references, as guides and as invitations to help your mind create a story based on the visual elements. You don't have to think of a story. It's all right if you just look. -
CONSTRUCTION: Elements are grouped according to theme and tone and according to shape, color, size and spatial relationship. The objective is to make the art work together as design and as content, aesthetically and technically. A work-in-progress can take days or months. The evolution from concept to execution is affected by process and materials. Usually several stages are in development simultaneously.