John Giorno

EVERYONE GETS LIGHTER / SPACE FORGETS YOU

Acrylic on canvas

102 x 102 cm

Executed in 2015

 

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

EVERYONE GETS LIGHTER and SPACE FORGETS YOU present enigmatic, philosophical dictums, both pointing to a more spiritual side of Giorno, who has been a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since 1960s. The joyful and eye-catching rainbow backgrounds to these paintings – contrasting with the meditative text – are significant in their symbolism, evoking the rainbow LGBT pride flag. Throughout his career, Giorno has been a strong voice and activist of civil rights, in particular LGBT rights. Explicit references to love, passion and sexuality recur in Giorno’s work and confront the viewer unabashedly; like a wink, a call to live more boldly, to love more fiercely. Through language and symbolism, Giorno manages to create evocative works that manage to be at once political, personal, spiritual and full of joy.