Born in 1978 in USA; lives and works in Kentucky
His media are painting, film, digital works, paper works and installation.
"I am engaged in an ongoing project that reinterprets the genre of portrait painting in order to speak about ideas of personhood in our current moment. By stretching the parameters of the genre and magnifying certain elements beyond their typical roles, I make portraits that investigate our rapidly changing sense of ourselves as forces such as technology, media, capitalism, and globalization present new challenges and possibilities.
My current series, titled Interpolators, focuses on the process of constructing public persona at a time in which our likenesses have become increasingly malleable, fraught, and self-searching. In these works, signifying objects collide and disperse to build portrait subjects which appear hyper-performative yet exist in a constant state of flux. These objects, symbols, and patterns both attach and remove themselves from the human form at such a dizzying pace that they often seem to evoke unpredictable weather patterns to which the subjects must adapt. This interaction seeks to investigate the inherent contradiction between the increasing pressure for self-branding and presentation with the fluid and ever-changing experience of being a person. Ultimately, I view these works as a depiction of a moment in which the construction of public persona, once a rare and curious phenomenon, is now as ubiquitous, relentless, and mercurial as the weather itself."
John Harlan Norris is an artist, educator, and musician. His work explores alternative approaches to portraiture and investigates notions such as occupational identity and virtual constructions of the self. Norris has exhibited his work throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Asia, including recent exhibitions at Susan Moremen Gallery (Louisville, KY), Christoffer Egelund Gallery (Copenhagen, DE), Wërkartz (Los Angeles, CA), CICA Museum (Gyeonggi-do, South Korea), KMAC Museum (Louisville, KY) and others. He is a recipient of an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, an Arkansas State University Faculty Research Award, and two artist grants from the Great Meadows Foundation. He has attended residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Willhardt & Naud, and the Vermont Studio Center. He also records and performs with the musical group Letters of Acceptance. Norris lives in Lexington, Kentucky where he is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Kentucky.